Burial Chamber Cup-Marks…

Hi Folks,

On sunday we decided to take in the scenery of the Galloway hills,  near Newton Stewart up on Drannandow moor. Up on the moor you will find a stone circle, standing stones and numerous burial cairns, including the 5 chamber one named after the moor, Drannandow. The cairn itself is found next to an old ruined cottage, which has a very interesting name, called Napper’s Cottage. Having a good look around the main cist, i instantly noticed two marks on one of the side slabs.  On closer examination , you could clearly see two well defined cup marks, that have not been previously recorded. It is such a remote site, but as you walk around the moor, you are acutally walking past numerous cairns, most still untouched, still complete. This is a special place, almost a place of the dead, a place of burial. This area does need a further examination, who knows there could be more carvings to find…

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More pics from the day can be seen here Drannandow on BRAC or TMA


One Response to Burial Chamber Cup-Marks…

  1. Daniel Hunt says:


    Are you sure these are cupmarks at the Drannandow chambered cairn and not naturally occuring ‘pitted’ depressions? I only ask because I had enquired earlier of the RCAHMS and their records show no carvings. It would be quite an amazing discovery!

    Thank you and best wishes,


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