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Ancient British Rock Art

16 17 This site consists of an alignment of quite large standing stones, averaging about twelve feet, one being extensively decorated with cup and ring markings. There is a kerb cairn and a henge nearby. A modern drawing with more detail than the 19th century lithograph opposite is shown below. It is impossible to tell whether these remaining stones were part of a larger arrangement, but they are somewhat reminiscent of the stone avenue at Avebury. The decorated stone is immediately significant in the sense that the carvings are not made on a horizontal surface as are the majority of examples in this area. It has therefore been suggested that the carvings may predate the stones erection here, posing the question of its positional importance in relationship to its neighbours. The alignment is northsouth. The concept of the carvings being applied to a vertical stone would be evidence for the merging of two different processes, signs of which also occur nearby at Nether Largie. rIngEd cups Ballymenach Stones, Kilmartin Valley, Argylleshire Ballymenach Stones, Kilmartin Valley, Argylleshire Standing stones at Ballymenach, ArgylleshireChris Mansell
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