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Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art

<b>Slockavullin</b>Posted by HobImage © IH
Nearest Town:Lochgilphead (10km SSE)
OS Ref (GB):   NR825981 / Sheet: 55
Latitude:56° 7' 33.22" N
Longitude:   5° 29' 59.72" W

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I feel a bit embarrassed about posting this site as rock art, as I feel it's more of a settlement. It's the lumpy outcroppy bit to the north of the village of Slockavullin. It's got traces of circular structures, one of which was described to me by a local grockle as a 'banked stone circle'. It might have been, it is an earthen bank, and it has stones in it, but it's not very likely to be honest. I think they are more likely to have been grounding stones of a building, only one of them was standing, and then only to a height of about 80cms. I couldn't help but wonder if the 18thC buildings which constitute the current village was built on top of a much older site, mostly for the same reasons, it's flat, but no good for farming, but it has a good water source and is close to the good farming bits. If trees weren't there, it would be a 20m walk to a point where you'd be able to see all of the monuments from Ballymeanoch to Glebe Cairn, and from the outcrop, you could easily throw a stone into the centre of Templewood.

Quite frankly, the rock art is a bit rubbish. In retrospect, I wasted far too much time here (probably in excess of 15 hours over the space of a week) that could have been much better spent further uphill around Loch Michean.

Visited August 2006

The scanty details on RCAHMS can be found "> here .
Hob Posted by Hob
20th January 2007ce