Friday, February 8, 2013

Prehistoric rock art found in Scottish Highlands

One of the 28 stones on Swordale Hill which bear Bronze Age cupmarks [Credit: STV News]

An archaeologist has uncovered the biggest collection of ancient rock art in the Highlands. Douglas Scott, 64, of Tain, Ross-shire, discovered a circle of 28 carved rocks which date back 5000 years while combing a 200-metre hillside farm in Evanton.

Mr Scott reckons the stones, which have cup-marked shapes cut into them, represent one of the biggest collections of ancient rock art ever found in Scotland. He revealed he only visited the site, on Swordale Hill, Evanton, after one of his close friends died.

Mr Scott said: "I was first invited up the hill over 25 years ago by a friend of mine who was an archaeologist called Bob Gourlay.

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