NS4377 : Cup-marks on a stone

taken 10 years ago, 3 km from Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Cup-marks on a stone
Cup-marks on a stone
This boulder is described in the Canmore database: LinkExternal link

The pattern described there, of five cups surrounding a sixth, is still clearly visible; the photo shows the boulder backlit by the sun, making the marks more evident. Of the five cups surrounding the centre, one is wholly plugged with moss, and another is less so, but the pattern is still clear.

For the context of the stone, see NS4377 : Cup-marked stone on Roundwood Hill.

Canmore also mentions a nearby boulder that bears a single cup mark; I looked for that stone at the time, but did not find it; it had been overgrown during the more than thirty years since the Canmore report. I turned it up later, when that stone had been cleared of moss: see NS4377 : Cup-marked stone on Roundwood Hill for a context view of it, and NS4377 : Cup-mark on a stone for a close-up view of the single cup.

This hilltop area (see NS4377 : Roundwood Hill) is still enclosed by the iron fence mentioned in the database. The smaller enclosure within it, outlined by boulders, is not immediately evident either on the ground or in satellite images, and it requires some patience to locate a sufficient number of boulders to discern its outline; many of the rocks can only be felt underfoot, through the vegetation. The cup-marked stone in this photograph lies near the southern end of the enclosure, and, with some care, the boundary can be followed from that point.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 19 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 19 March, 2009
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
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Place (from Tags)
Roundwood Hill 
Cup-marked stone   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4335 7725 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.7581N 4:30.6657W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4335 7725
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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