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Niarbyl Cup-marked Boulder

by Bernadette Weyde

It was lovely at Niarbyl this weekend where we went to look at the seawall boulder with cup-marks. There are reported to be 22 cup-marks in three rows and the boulder is thought to be part of a rock outcrop with rock art or perhaps part of a standing stone or a component of another prehistoric monument. Cup-marks have been interpreted as maps of the surrounding landscape or of the stars or as boundary markers for tribal or hunting territories.

(acknowledgement: A Guide to the Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man up to AD1500 by Andrew Johnson and Allison Fox which is available to buy throughout the Island and online https://manxnationalheritage.im/…/guide-archaeological-sit…/)

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