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Backley Hill 1

Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art


My second cup marked stone find. This time much closer home, and the sun shone. Lovely!

After finding the cairn I noticed a lot of flat rock surfaces and my luck was in. On the crest of the hill facing towards Bennachie is a rock with 5 cup marks. 3 are very noticable being about 8cm wide and 2cm deep. Two other weather worn cup marks can also be seen. Backley Hill is covered with this type of surface but these were the only cups I could find. However like the fairly close New Craig I wonder whats under the turf. With Bennachie in perfect view.............

I must thank George Gauld and his wife for allowing me to park at the farm. Also for showing me a very old map which indicated the nearby Elspet's Cairn and a long forgotten about and destroyed stone circle at Crowmallie. So thanks to them, very interesting.

Visited 24/04/2010.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
24th April 2010ce

Comments (5)

Great stuff Drewbhoy , another oasis in the desert . tiompan Posted by tiompan
24th April 2010ce
Thank you, it means a lot coming from someone with your qualities. Sent a form to the RCAHMS people. I intended to go back to Bowmans at Rayne for Jan, but the cairn at Backley pulled me in. Plus it was a lovely day with a spare hour, hopefully it will be equally lovely down your way tomorrow in a sporting sense! drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
25th April 2010ce
Congrats with yet another great find, mate!
We hope for more; keep on rocking....
rockartuk Posted by rockartuk
25th April 2010ce
Nice one :-) Hob Posted by Hob
25th April 2010ce
Thanks Jan and Hob! Rocking nicely...........been a good day despite................. drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
26th April 2010ce
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