Cup and Rings in the Classroom

A fascinating blog post from Glasgow University’s Dr Kenny Brophy summarising schools activities around the Faifley Rocks! Project and the Cochno Stone. The blog is packed with practical activity ideas to help you explore Scotland’s prehistoric rock art with your young learners.

Read the full blog post here.

Children in Faifley working with the comic books in 2017

Dr Brophy has been working with community members, organisations, and schools in Faifley and Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, to celebrate and tell the story of a series of prehistoric rock-art sites on their urban fringe. These are outcrops of sandstone that were carved with a range of circular markings in the Neolithic or early Bronze Age, probably between 5000 and 4000 years ago. These are known as cupmarks (hollows) and cup-and-ring marks (hollows with concentric circles carved around them).

Cup-and-ring marks on the surface of the Cochno Stone during the excavations in 2016

Over a dozen such rocks are found in a park and woods near Faifley, the most famous being the Cochno Stone. This is one of the largest rock-art panels in Britain and is covered in hundreds of examples of prehistoric carved symbols and modern graffiti.

Emulation in chalk

“Right from the start I was keen to work with local schools, and this has led to some great classroom sessions and working with creative and engaged teachers at primary and secondary level.” Dr Kenny Brophy

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