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Knock (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

In August 2008, during a field walk West of the ruined Knock farmhouse, a new vulva-like motif was found in grid reference NX 3690 3995, consisting of an enhanced natural oval feature.
These kind of enhanced natural features are not common in British rock art. There are but a few examples, e.g. at Townhead (D&G). There are, however, more engraved natural holes in Ireland, e.g. at Drumsinnot, Co. Louth, West Dundalk, but they look different from the Kock-5 panel.

Upwood Hall (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

This stone from Grubstones Ridge on Burley Moor, is now in Cliffe Castle Museum in Keigley:

Eggerness (Carving)

In their article 'Rock Carvings in the Garlieston Area' (TDGNHAS-3-LXII,1987, p. 33-9), Morris & van Hoek wrote:
"In 1986 and 1987 rock art was reported in the area just north of Garlieston for the first time. Some of it is of special interest and unusual type for the British Isles.
In all, eight sites have been located, six on the farm of Eggerness, and two on the adjoining farm of Penkiln. All are on outcrop greywacke rock. The carvings include a very big number of spirals and on two sites most of the carvings are zoömorphic. Such zoömorphic carvings are rare in Prehistoric Rock Art in Brtain. Most of the sites have been covered up completely in order to preserve the engravings." Followed by the description of the Penkiln 1-2 and Eggerness 1-4 panels.
For the panels Eggerness 5 and 6, the text continues:
"Also situated on Eggerness are the following two sites with zoömorphic carvings. For security and agricultural reasons their locations is not given but further details, and color photographs by Mrs Wendy Ronan, have been lodged with the National Monuments Record. The sites have been re-covered with turf and neither they nor any of the sites on Eggerness should be searched for or visited without prior arrangements."
We visited the site in September 2000 but could not locate a single carving. Not only were they soundly covered, but the given gridrefs were (a bit?) out of the way also.
In May 2008, after making proper arrangements with the land- and farmowner, Suzanne Forster, Ank Brouwer, Brian Kerr and I were allowed to uncover and photograph panel 4 and 5. The friendly farmer pointed out the location of the (domino) panel-3, which is on a vertical rock wall but unreachable now due to nettles and gorse vegetation. Furthermore we located the (spirals) panel-1 but the topsoil was solidly "glued" to the very fragmented rock so we left it to avoid any damage.
As an unexpected bonus, the farmer drove us to panel-6 with the horses. Soon we stood eye-to-eye with probably most unique carvings in the whole of the UK.
These carvings were last seen by Ronald Morris, Maarten van Hoek and Kaledon Naddair in 1986-7 and 1989.
In 1989, Kaledon Naddair discovered another horse. He wrote: "Due to temporarily removing more turf another pocked 'horse' at the top of the rock-slope was found. It holds the same posture as the other three main 'horses' (D&ES, 1989a)".
We regarded it a great privilege to record these carvings, except Kaledon's one, with the currently available technology; digital camera and the side-flash.
The visit was highlighted by the find of yet another horse, laying on its side in the hoof motif like a veal in its mothers uterus; a really moving design!

Highburn House (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

We visited and photographed this site on the 21st of September 2007 and couldn't have had a better start of Autumn.
The stone, probably not in situ, lies along the most eastern bend in the Highburn, just opposite Highburn House camp site, west of Wooler.
Humbleton Hill makes a nice décor for this stray find.

Balholmie (Standing Stone / Menhir)

This cup-and-ring marked stone was "raised" prior to 1867 by Mr A. Ferguson, school-master of Cargill.
It is recorded in Canmore under NMRS-number NO13NE 8 (Newbigging/Balholmie House) and NO13NW 9 (Balhomie/Balholmie).
The original finding place is not known and it is not clear when and why it was moved to Balholmie House.

Penkiln (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Last May we visited the area around Penkiln farm for the third time and spoke to Mrs and Mrs Evans again. She discovered not only much of the panels on Penkiln land but also in the neighbouring Culscadden field. The panels which we photographed this year were of a classic beauty with very fresh-looking pick marks.

Mossyard (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

We visited this site last year May. There are several panels around this farm/camping. There's even a cup-and-ring marked slab in a wall in front of one of the caravans (see link to BRAC below). Prehistory at your doorstep!

Culdoach (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

We visited this wonderful site on 11 May 2005 after parking the car along the B727 (see map) and walked up through a small stretch of forest SE of the site.

Clauchendolly (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

There are about 20 recorded panels in the fields SW of the Old Smithy (now Clauchendolly-) cottage. We found the most obvious during our visit on 11 May 2005.
This is a really beautiful and quite place, on the right side of a road which leads to a camping.

Claunch (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

We visited the fields North of Claunch farm with permission of the farmer on the 10th of May 2005.

North Balfern (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

We visited the site in August 2004 under beter photografic conditions than Wolfnighthunter encountered this year. You have to lift a quite thick layer of turf to see the whole panel.

Millstone Burn (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

With the nice additions to this site by Greywether, Fitzcoraldo and Hob (!), it seems that no panel will escape the sharp eye! As a modest step to completeness, I added two pics taken in 2002, of panel 5a. Who's going for number 6?

Lemmington Wood (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

We visited this site on 19 May 2004. It's a kind of hard to find (and photograph!) due to a thick roof of rhododendron leaves. A nice combination of prehistoric cup-and-rings and much later runes. A meeting point of two worlds!

Lamp Hill (Cup Marked Stone)

We visited the easy reachable site on Lamp Hill on 19 May 2004. It is quite remarkable that only the 6 domino cups are carved there and not a single other cup and/or cup-and-ring. It gives the site an exclusive feel with splendid view to the surrounding landscape.

Fowberry Moor Farm Stone (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Stan Beckensall in "Prehistoric Rock Art in Northumberland", Tempus 2001, page 162:
"The earlier name of Deershed Plantation may have been 'Island Plantation'. If so, it is the place where in 1934 Mr davidson reported 'an unrecorded camp'and 'the vest pocket edition sculptured rock found by Mr Wake and given to the Black Gate Museum'. The rock is now in the Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle."

We photgraphed the "Deershed Plantation" stone in the 'Stone Room' (not open to the public) of the museum during the FMD-crisis in May 2001.

The Ringses (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

I visited this site in August 1998 and wasn't aware of the fact that it actually consists of 6 sites along a ridge in the field. We visited the site again in May 2004. Parked the car in the parking lot of the Wooler Golf Club and walked East, along the Hill Fort. This is a place of peace and tranquility and great rock art motifs! We even found a new small panel along site 1. The pics are in sequence, starting with the large panel along the stone wall to the last one (nr 6), a very small panel, in the field.

Blarnaboard (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

We visited this remote site on 11 May 2004. Cutting down the forest on the leftside of the road towards the farm was in full progress. The first report of this site regarded a sandstone slab with a cup and four rings, found in the farmyard by L. Main. We spoke to the current owner (not a farmer!) but he was unaware of that slab. He had redecorated the yard and garden and had not seen a decorated stone. Bad luck!
The main site is a ridge with nice carvings. We lifted some turf and found cups with very clear peck-marks.
A bit to the North lies the wooded outcrop rock with cups in line.
The owner told us that the name "Blarnaboard" came from Gealic and meant something like: "Gathering of the Bards". The place survived the Highland clearances because the old barn was used as a market place for the area.

Ormaig (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

We visited the site on the 8th of June, a couple of weeks before Greywether. What struck us first of all was the state the motifs were in. So much more weathered than a couple of years ago. Furthermore there was a black area near the rosettes -also seen on Greywether´s pics- which consits of dead mosses. The substance felt like tarmac and it seems as if the mosses were burned or manipulated with some sort of -acid?- liquid. There could be a natural reason for this weird phenomenon as well. But in that case it is strange that it is seen in only a small, limited area.
We brushed some pine-needles away at site 2 to clear the long N-S panel in the wood. On former visits we weren´t able to make much of it because of the thick moss-layer which we left in place then. But now we were more lucky and photographed the splendid motifs. Had we known that Greywether was following our trail we would have left the needles of. Sorry, mate!

Ardifuir (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

We visited this secluded location in May 2003 with permission of the landowner. The motifs are on a ridge running SW/NE from the (Iron Age) Dun just West of the farmhouse to a Dun higher up the ridge. Most of the carvings are faint. However, this is a wonderful place with wide views.

Whitsunbank 2 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Over the years there has been some confusion over the rock art location 'Whitsun Bank' probably caused by the fact that the two locations are situated about 500m apart. Whitsun Bank 2 is on outcrop rock (former quarry) in a field along the road, 280 deg. from the gate opposite the entrance to Fowberry Farm. Whitsun Bank 1 is 500m West of Whitsun Bank 2 and consists of lesser and smaller motifs. A very nice area so take your time!
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