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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 985
 Date Entered 24/03/2017
 Updated on 24/03/2017
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Rock Art
 Record Type Archaeology
 SWAAG Site Name 
 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Army Range
 Location Gayles Moor
 Civil Parish Gayles
 Brit. National Grid 
 Record Name A possible cist cover slab decorated with multiple cup marks and cups with single rings cup
 Record Description Previous SWAAG Record 984 records early photographic images of cup and rings on Gayles Moor within the Feldom Army Live Firing Ranges. This Record shows early photographs of a possible cist cover slab and two further rock art sites on Gayles Moor. A palisaded enclosure located in the vicinity of the rock art sites is also shown. The possible cist cover slab is decorated with crowded cups and cups with single rings. This sloping slab is located within the remnant of a low cairn and can be seen to have subsided. This large slab is likely to be a cist cover. If so this slab may well have been turned over when the cairn which originally covered it was slighted many years ago in order to reveal and possibly rob the cist. Such cist cover slabs are often decorated on both faces. One face (usually the inner face being 'seen' by the corpse) being decorated with complex cup and ring figures the upper face being decorated with multiple simple cups as this rock.
 Dimensions See photo
 Geographical area 
 Scientific Name 
 Common / Notable Species 
 Tree and / or Stem Girth 
 Tree: Position / Form / Status 
 Tree Site ID 0
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
 Additional Notes The cup and ring marked rocks should not be regarded as isolated curiosities. They usually exist here and elsewhere within landscapes rich in other monuments. For example image 5 below shows the ring groove of a palisaded enclosure located at the centre of the cluster of cup and ring sites on Johston's Allotment on Gayles Moor. This palisaded enclosure or timber post circle is defined by members of a group during a previous field visit to Gayles Moor. A well preserved ring cairn and several small rock cairns are also located within the open cluster of cup and ring marked rocks.
 Image 1 ID 7257         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The possible cist cover slab decorated with multiple cups and cup and single rings.
 Image 2 ID 7256         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Detail of last showing the hammered pock marks made during the cup marking process .
 Image 3 ID 7258         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Complex cup and ring marked rock divided by linear grooves into sections
 Image 4 ID 7259         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Four multiple cup and ring figures on a small rock surface.
 Image 5 ID 7255         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Palisaded enclosure is defined by members of a group during a previous field visit to Gayles Moor. The cup and ring marked rocks should not be regarded as isolated curiosities. They exist within a landscape rich in other monuments.
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