Achnabreck Cup

The Mysterious Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks in Scotland


A number of mysterious stones and rocks with strange carvings have been discovered around the world. Could they be proof of lost advanced civilizations? What are the stories behind them? In this article, you will learn about this intriguing ancient rock carvings that were discovered in Europe.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks in Scotland.

Achnabreck Cup and Ring Carvings, Cairnbaan

The Scotland Highlands are a sight to behold. It is sparsely populated and is the location of several mountain ridges. Kilmartin Glen, a name given to an area in Argyll, contains a high concentration of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland.

The origins of these decorated rock surfaces are uncertain, but they are certainly a delight to see in person. Known as the Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks, they can only be characterized as deep depressions surrounded by Saturn-like rings and horseshoe shapes. The average size is about one meter in diameter each but could go much larger than that.

The designs were thought to be carved sometime between 3000 BC and 3500 BC, the same time period of the Neolithic settlement at Skara Brae.

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Mystery of Argyll’s

The Achnabreck Cup and Ring Rocks were first discovered by Sir James Simpson in 1964, but the discovery wasn’t captured on camera by Ronald W.B. Morris until nearly a century later.

So were they ritual, spiritual, symbolic, or merely a form of artistic expression? The answer, unfortunately, is something humankind may never know. Many have theorized that it could be of sacred significance, noting that it was created within the vicinity of major burial sites.

There are more than 6,000 prehistoric carved rocks discovered across Britain, 2,500 of which were found in Scotland. This is certainly one of the best examples of prehistoric rock art in Scotland due to its extensive and complex designs.

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