NS2984 : A cup and two rings

taken 1 year ago, near to Rhu, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

A cup and two rings
A cup and two rings
Reports of this stone that are included in the Canmore link in the end-note state that although cup marks are present "no traces of any rings were noted" (OS, 1963) and that "only cup-marks are now visible" (RCAHMS, 1978).

That is not strictly true; the surviving rings are not obvious, but they can be seen even when, as was the case here, the sun is high in the sky (a low sun at a glancing angle to the surface would make such features much more apparent).

Some readers will (I hope) be able to pick out at least part of the two rings that are shown surrounding a cup-mark in the present picture. The central cup-mark is slightly below the centre of the picture, just below some yellow-green specks of lichen (the poles in the background point down towards that cup-mark; the picture was purposefully so framed, in order to make the description easier).

The outer ring, roughly centred in this picture, takes up about half of the width of the image; from this angle, it appears as an ellipse, its longer axis inclined about 20 degrees clockwise from horizontal. The inner ring is about half as wide as the outer one.

The most evident parts, in this picture, are the central cup mark, the lower right section of the outer ring, and the near side of the inner ring.

For context, see NS2984 : Glennan Burn cup-marked stone. Naturally, the cup and two rings are too small and faint to be visible in that picture, but they are located on what is (in that picture) the nearest large fragment of the boulder; they are just on the near side of the large crack that separates that piece from the ones behind.

For those visiting the stone in person, the interpretation panel nearby points out where the various features of interest are located, by marking them on a diagram of the stone. The small structure that has the interpretation panel on it can be seen in the right background of the present picture; compare NS2984 : Cup-marked stone with new interpretation panel, from the other side.
Glennan Burn cup-marked stone
The boulder bears some cup-marks, and some rings (a few reports claim that the rings are worn away, but, as of 2015, they were still faintly visible when lit by a low sun). See LinkExternal link (at Canmore) for other archaeological details. The boulder had been blasted into pieces long ago, and an examination in 2015 revealed that one fragment was upside down; that piece was then set the right way up. By the end of 2016, an interpretation panel had been installed nearby.
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Wednesday, 30 May, 2018   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 27 June, 2018
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2905 8457 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:1.4070N 4:44.6730W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2904 8457
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