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Innerleithen Parish Church

Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art

<b>Innerleithen Parish Church</b>Posted by rockartukImage © rockartuk
This site is of disputed antiquity. If you have any information that could help clarify this site's authenticity, please post below or leave a post in the forum.
Nearest Town:Innerleithen (0km WNW)
OS Ref (GB):   NT332369 / Sheet: 73
Latitude:55° 37' 15.47" N
Longitude:   3° 3' 39" W

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Sunday 2/11/03
This site is usually described as a 'runic cross'. There are no runes on it and neither is it a cross. It's a cup and joined-ring marked stone almost 1 metre high and oblong in section. It sits on a modern engraved sandstone plinth dwarfed by the church immediately behind it (one of my friends has the original plinth as a feature in his extensive gardens!). The cup and ring markings are executed in the classic style- by a pecking technique which makes me think that this stone is somewhat much older than the proposed 8th century- the design certainly is. All four sides of the stone are decorated with the same pattern. I can't find any evidence to suggest that this stone actually formed part of a cross- I guess it was assumed so as it was found in the foundations of an old church which used to stand on this site. However- how many churches have been built on top of Neolithic or Bronze Age monuments?
Posted by Martin
5th November 2003ce
Edited 7th December 2005ce

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5th November 2003ce