Prehistoric Cup Marks at Rouken Glen, Glasgow, Scotland.

This morning, I visited a little known site within Rouken Glen Park, South Glasgow, Scotland.

Rouken Glen is popular with locals, particularly dog walkers. Scenery apart, it is rich in geology, evidence of the Ice-Age and history from the medieval period onwards through to the Industrial Revolution.

Close to a railway line is a rounded, ice-smoothed outcrop of rock on which has been carved cup marks. These marks are difficult to date with certainty, but are usually associated with stone circles and the Neolithic period (circa 4500 BC to 2000 BC).

Video clip of the cup marks.

The West of Scotland is well endowed with cup and ring marked sites, many of which are richly embellished , as illustrated in the image below, from the nearby Isle of Arran.

Rock Art at Isle of Arran, Scotland.

Cup and ring marks together with associated carvings are sometimes described as ‘rock art’ although we may never know the significance of them. This was the Stone Age when one or more persons would have to segregate themselves from the daily fight for survival and spend a few hours patiently chipping away with stone tools to create the required carvings.

It is possible the cup marks and other ‘rock art’ predate the stone circles because there are numerous instances of rocks bearing the carvings being incorporated in stone circles and associated structures. This suggests the stones bearing the ‘rock art’ were part of the landscape with the carvings having no meaning for the stone circle builders.

This little known site in Rouken Glen may be the earliest extant evidence of human occupation in the Glasgow region stretching back, possibly, 5000 years or even longer.

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