Adapted from: The Prehistoric Rock Art of Galloway & The Isle of Man (page 150) by Ronald W.B. Morris

Copyright 1979, ISBN 0 7137 0974 X


GAL 92 NETHER LINKENS

Outcrops 195 m NE of the farm, 72 km NE of Kirkcudbright, 6 km inland, open site, in rough grass. First reported by F. R. Coles (1894).

NX 750 546 OS: old 81 and Kirkcudbright 49 SE; new 84 and NX 75 SE. 145 m (475 ft).

Fourteen meters (15 yds) W of the field's E wall, in a rough wooded area, is a fairly prominent greywacke outcropping shelf, two meters by one meter, up to three-quarters of a meter high on its NW (17 ft x 3 ft x 2.5 ft). One meter to its NW is a greywacke boulder two meters by one meter, and one-third meter high (6.5 ft x 3 ft x 1 ft). On these, in 1894 there were-

(a) On the outcrop shelf where sloping 30 degrees NW, ten cups-and-complete-rings, one with a radial groove from its cup and one with a tangential groove from the ring. Coles noted up to four concentric rings, and one was a possible 'start of a spiral'. In 1964-76, however, even when wet in low sun, all that could be traced was a cup-and-four-complete-rings with parts of a fifth ring and a cup-and-two-rings both practically weathered off.

(b) On the boulder. on horizontal surface, a cup-and-four-complete-rings with about 50 straight lines radiating outwards from the rings was noted-a practically unique design in Scotland. In 1964-76 none of these lines could be seen, but there is a faint cup-and-six-complete-rings. Greatest diameter-41 cm (16 in), carving depths negligible.

NETHER LINKENS--F. R Coles' sketch of the two rocks as they were in 1894.

Now much less is traceable.

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