Vol­un­teers wanted for field­work

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - Stephen Nor­ris

Kirkcud­bright res­i­dents have been sub­jected to a Hal­lowe’en hor­ror show of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

Re­ported in­ci­dents in­clude a pump­kin lobbed against a win­dow, youths uri­nat­ing on wheelie bins and ver­bal abuse.

The Mill­burn Street area has been worst af­fected with noisy groups of young­sters caus­ing may­hem.

Coun­cil­lors Jane Mait­land and Dougie Camp­bell have been in­un­dated with com­plaints.

One town res­i­dent, who asked not be named, said: “Kids are out of hand.

A scheme to record and find rock art in the Kirkcubright area is seek­ing vol­un­teers.

The ex­cit­ing ScRap – Scot­lands Rock Art Project – has al­ready logged many of the mys­te­ri­ous carv­ings, known as cup–and-ring marks.

Their pre­cise date is un­known but they are thought to have been cre­ated mainly in the Ne­olithic pe­riod around 6,000 to 4,000 years ago.

Lo­cal co-or­di­na­tor Lisa Allen said rais­ing aware­ness of sites and pro­tect­ing them was vi­tal.

She said: “Kirkcud­bright has a small, friendly team who reg­u­larly go out and sur­vey cup and ring marked rocks in the lo­cal area.

“It is not hard to ad­mire the skill and cre­ativ­ity of these artists who will re­main for­ever anony­mous.

“Any­one who likes the out­doors, art, his­tory or pho­tog­ra­phy and has a lit­tle spare time is wel­come to join us.”

Re­search now fo­cuses more on how the carved rocks re­late to the sur­round­ing land­scape.

The­o­ries abound about their ex­is­tence – rang­ing from the sa­cred or prac­ti­cal to mes­sages from outer space, Lisa said.

What­ever the truth, lo­cat­ing and con­serv­ing the pre­cious relics is a top pri­or­ity.

Lisa said: “There are a great many to cover in the five years of this project.

“We aim to visit and record as many of these carved rocks as pos­si­ble.

“We may never know the true rea­son or mean­ing of them.

“But more knowl­edge will give us a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their sig­nif­i­cance to peo­ple in the past.”

Some cup– and– ring marks at Kirkcud­bright are classed as Sched­uled Mon­u­ments.

Sim­i­lar carv­ings have been found all along the Celtic fringe of Eu­rope.

To find out more about the project and what is in­volved, visit the ScRAP web­site

Any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved can con­tact Lisa at lisa.

Con­cerned Coun­cil­lors Jane Mait­land and Dougie Camp­bell in Kirkcud­bright where there has been a rise in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour by gangs of youths

Writ­ing in the stones John Smith, John Al­li­son, Jef­frey Slater, Lisa Allen and Jen­nifer Roberts at work near Kirkcud­bright

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