This cairn has been excavated twice, once in 1866 and again in the 1980s. This is a Bronze Age cemetery site and there are many more cairns in the area. This one looks like it has been reconstructed.
Blawearie Cairn and cist
Near the top of the hill are the main sites where the best examples of carvings here are to be found close to the scarp to the east of the hillforts. It is on two large blocks of rock. There is a unique double cup and ring pattern surrounded by more simple cup and ring forms. Lines of cupmarks also mark two of the vertical faces of the outcrop.
Old Bewick main stone with line of cupmarks
This site is located on Bewick Moor beside the scarp slope overlooking the River Till. To the west of the carvings in the highest area of the scarp is an impressive double hillfort from the Iron age shaped like two semi circles and to the NE of the main carved panels there are some burial cairns. Bewick Moor is an important place in the history of British rock art as it was here in the 1820s that the main carved panel was recognised as being of historical importance for the first time.
Top of the main stone
The main stone is a large glacial block and on the top are natural hollows and one deep hollow that has been enhanced by man. The stone is not at the top by the hillfort as it sits where it was deposited, however its viewpoints are only restricted by the hillforts. Long grooves start and end with cups. Several have multiple rings and arcs with grooves that interconnect the designs. A long manmade groove divides the rock art. To the left a pair of cups with multiple rings form an almost interlocked figure of eight design which is unique.
Figure of eight design on the left
makes this stone even more interesting is the long line of cups along the
Crossing the fence towards the scarp there is another outcrop, the decorations here are simpler and there are five cup and ring marks, one with a long groove running from it. The rock has a naturally uneven surface. There are more smaller panels around this area.
The outer wall of the hillfort contains several carved stones that may have been moved from their original locations.
A cup and ring on a slab
There are several other rocks with carvings further downhill back towards the track where single cup and rings or plain cups can be found on stones in the grass.
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