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<< Text Pages >> Beinn Ghlas - Rock Art in Scotland in Perth and Kinross
Submitted by rockartuk on Friday, 28 August 2009 Page Views: 3810
Site Name: Beinn Ghlas Alternative Name: Ben Lawers|
NOTE: This site is 1.5 km away from the location you searched for.
County: Perth and Kinross Type: Rock Art
Map Ref: NN6382839501
Latitude: 56.527750N Longitude: 4.215384W
|3||Reasonable but with some damage|
|2||Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site|
|1||Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks|
|5||Can be driven to, probably with disabled access|
|4||Short walk on a footpath|
|3||Requiring a bit more of a walk|
|2||A long walk|
|1||In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find|
|5||co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates|
|4||co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map|
|3||co-ordinates scaled from a bad map|
|2||co-ordinates of the nearest village|
|1||co-ordinates of the nearest town|
External Links: Cup and Ring marks in Perth and Kinross. Ancient rock art discovered on Perthshire mountain. George Currie discovered the carvings while surveying an area of Ben Lawers, near Loch Tay. Mr Currie, 59, from Tealing near Dundee, has had a lifelong interest in rock art but has only pursued his interest seriously over the past five years.
The art is similar to other prehistoric pieces found in the area and is formed by depressions in the stone, known as cup marks or cup and ring marks.
The newly-discovered rock is unusual because it features more than 90 cup marks, a higher number than is usually found.
Some still show the individual blows of the craftsman’s stone pick. The purpose of the art is still unknown.
The area, cared for by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), was surveyed five years ago by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, but the artwork is an entirely new find.
Mr Currie, of Inveraldie Farm, said: “I go looking for rock art and just pick certain areas to go and search them out. The survey by the Royal Commission found about 100, but you’re always going to find more. The idea was to try and find others that they’d missed.”
Mr Currie said he caught sight of the stone by chance and, on investigating further, uncovered the full artwork.
NTS archaeologist Derek Alexander said the find is an exciting one as it shows there is still undiscovered art to be found.
He added: “Through both targeted research by professional archaeologists and the work of dedicated amateurs like George Currie, we now know that Ben Lawers forms one of the major concentrations of cup and ring marks in the Highlands, which suggests it was a very significant landscape in prehistory.”
Source: Press and Journal
Note: Thanks to Jan 'rockartuk' for help locating this site. George Currie discovered the site in May 2008, but the publication "Discovery and Excavation in Scotland" is always published one year after the initial report, hence the delay. There are photos of Beinn Glhlas in on BRAC.
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