Region : Strathclyde Home
District : Argyll & Bute Map
Area : Kilmartin Valley List
Grid Reference : NR 816 977 Glossary
Period : 3rd-2nd millennium BC Bibliography

Ballygowan image

This flat rock outcrop with various cupmarks and cup-and-ring markings is on the shoulder of a hill overlooking Kilmartin Valley. The markings were chipped out of the 2.5m x 2m rock with a stone hammer.
The decoration comprises 11 cups with rings, at least 43 plain cupmarks some of which are artificially enlarged natural cracks and several grooves (or 'gutters') which link the cup-and-rings together.
An unusual feature is a cup with three horseshoe-shaped rings (in the foreground of the photo).
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