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Scottish Cups and Rings

Cups and rings over the border

Achnabreac Forest in the Kilmartin Glen in Argyll And Bute, Scotland [GPS: 56°3’38.304″ N 5°26’46.602″ W] has one of the best examples of prehistoric rock art in Scotland. The carvings are around 5,000 years old and spread over three main outcrops.

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Cup and Ring Marks

Cup and ring marks – here and there

Cup and ring marks are a form of prehistoric art that can be found in different parts of the world, including Northumberland in the UK and Alaska in the US. These marks consist of circular hollows, called cups, surrounded by one or more concentric rings, sometimes connected by grooves or channels. They are usually carved on natural rocks or boulders, but sometimes also on megalithic structures such as stone circles or burial chambers.

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Scottish Standing Stones

North of Duddo

As mentioned in a previous post about the Duddo Standing Stones in north Northumberland, prehistoric standing stones are human-made upright stones that have been placed into the ground vertically, often in circular formations. They date from various periods, mostly between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, and are found across the UK and beyond. Here are a few photos of stone circles that I’ve visited in Scotland over recent years that helps to highlight the similarities in the formations across a wider geographical area.

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Duddo Standing Stones

Northern standing stones

Prehistoric standing stones are large upright stones that were placed in the ground by humans, typically between 4000 BCE and 1200 BCE. They are often arranged in circles or rows, and sometimes have burial chambers or cairns nearby. Some of the most famous standing stones are found in the UK, such as Stonehenge, Avebury, and the Ring of Brodgar. Closer to home, however, are the standing stones at Duddo, just north of Etal in north Northumberland [GPS: 55°41’11.838″ N 2°6’43.188″ W].

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The Ringses

Our ancient heritage

Situated on Beanly Moor is The Ringses: a small Iron Age hillfort. This fortified enclosure is made from three not-quite-circular concentric banks and ditches, measuring about 46m by 43m at the widest point.

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