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Many thanks, Mike, for the geological explanations.
As regards the large rock in the Chinley Burn (near the footbridge), you say: "Look for the one with a number of wedge holes on its upper surface. Someone, one would like to think the Romans but there may be no way to be certain, has clearly been attempting to work it. The faces of many of them are remarkably flat and at right angles to each other. This could be natural but equally could be evidence of human activity."
I've always imagined that this block was quarried at the top of the hill and rolled down into the burn, with a Roman quarryman shouting "Quattuor" or the equivalent of "Fore"!
Do you think these stones come from that quarry?
Best Wishes,
Ian McHaffie
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