Chacefield Wood (1), Denny, Stirlingshire

Cup-and-Ring Stone:  OS Grid Reference – NS 81636 81281

Getting Here

The Chacefield carvings

We took the A872 road on the south-side of Denny to Dennyloadhead and Longcroft, but a few hundred yards before you go under the M876, keep your eyes peeled for Drove Loan on your left.  Go down here for literally ¼-mile (0.4km) where there’s a footpath into the woods on your left.  Walk on the path into the trees and you’ll reach a track that heads to your right (east). Less than 200 yards on, you’ll see a pond on your right and above here is a small quarried rock outcrop.  This carving’s up top, on the gently sloping rock behind carvings no.2 and no.3.

Archaeology & History

Half-covered in mud and vegetation, the first thing you’ll notice on this sloping smooth surface is what looks to be a standard cup-marking, all on its own.  But it has company—albeit quiet and faint.  A single incomplete cup-and-ring can be seen about 18 inch above (north-ish) this single cup-mark, which may itself be natural.  You can make out the cup-and-ring pretty clearly in the photos.

When we found this, we began to clear the rest of the stone but stopped pretty quickly as a scatter of broken glass was mixed into the mud and I was lucky not to cut my hand open.  Some kids have evidently been getting pissed here and have left their mess on the rock.  But there may well be more symbols beneath the mulch, so if any local folk want to clean it, please make sure to wear some good gardening gloves to protect your hands!  And if you find any other hidden elements, please let us know! 🙂

© Paul BennettThe Northern Antiquarian

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