TOWN HIT BY ‘ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR’
Volunteers wanted for fieldwork
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 www.rockart.scot
Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Lisa at lisa. email@example.com.
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