26 November 2006

Any thoughts?

Hi Folks, Went walking over Blackmyre moor yesterday, rather than trying to find something i knew about, i was looking for new carvings. I spotted this really nice rock, it is covered in depressions, almost certainly natural.I do think that perhaps this rock did have carvings at sometime, perhaps before natural effects took their toll. I say this mainly because of the place the rock is situated. We have a burn on either side of the rock, a burn behind which flows through the moor and on into both the burns to the sides. It also has a 360 degree around the rock, from where you look to the sea, to Glenquicken, to Cambret Hill, Cairnharrow and Cairnholy. I would think there can be few other idealy placed rocks for carvings, especially in Galloway.Also take into account the panel that is in the Stewartry museum which came from Blackmyre farm, then this area is ideal.


Fitz said...

That's a lovely looking outcrop Brian. Just looking at the picture it looks like the real deal but as you've seen it in the flesh, and feel that it's natural then it's probably just that.
I guess we've all looked at pictures and thought "oh yes" or "load of ballocks" but the opinion of someone who knows their stuff and has actually seen it must count the most.......Unless...no I won't say it.....read my mind :)

wolfy said...

Hi Fitz,

i do think that the rock has some carvings on it, but being so weathered it is hard to tell now.

nice place though..

Hobson said...

You never know Brian, it might be the outcrop that inspired other man-made stuff nearby.

I've a suspicion that if I were a late neolithic fella, wandering the hills, and I found a naturally cupmarked outcrop, I'd mebbe interpret it as a weathered example of ancient carvings, and as such would hold it in special regard as a place where ancestors had been, lending legitamacy to claims of land ownership etc.

There may well have been neolithic archaeologists you know. Ones with flint trowels.

GraemeC said...

Agree with Hob on this one.

'Natural' cupmarks must have had some significance for the rock carvers.
Maybe even the inspiration for their own carvings? In which case a rock like this would have been regarded highly, especially given the impressive location noted by Wolfy.
Looks like the kind of natural site that in other cultures (Sami etc) would be seen as a dwelling place of spirits.