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However, it wasn’t known that a second set of up and ring marks lay on the opposite side until the stone was being moved to its original location – it was moved by crofters about 200 years ago when they used it for building a dyke.Ms Kruse said: "Finding cup and ring decoration on the opposite side has raised a number of tantalising questions.Carvings often occur on outcrop rock where the site appears to have been specifically chosen so as to give uninterrupted views over the surrounding country.Others have said that they correspond to star constellations, or that they are records of land ownership or reflect boundaries.Is a Co-Owner Editor and Writer of Ancient-Origins She is also a guest writer on Epoch Times and i Spectrum Magazine She completed a Bachelor of Science Psychology degree and published research in the field of Educational Psychology She has has...Read More Never underestimate the artistic ability of bored humans.
The symbols are also found carved on standing stones and at stone circles – places thought to have been used for religious and ritual purposes in the past.
John Wombell, of North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS), described the finding as “an amazing discovery", and explained that it is one of only a few decorated stones of its kind in Scotland.
Cup and ring marks are a form of prehistoric art consisting of a concave depression, no more than a few centimetres across, carved into a rock surface and often surrounded by concentric circles also etched into the stone.
In Scandinavian folklore, there are numerous races of beings, the best-known of which (apart from human beings) are the gods and the jötnar, their nemesis.
In rather simplistic terms, these may be said to represent the forces of good and evil.
The area in which the discovery was made is rich in prehistoric artefacts and ruins including a cluster of rock art, as well as a Neolithic chambered burial cairn and round houses dating to the Bronze and Iron Ages.