They discovered in the first: a food vessel, cremated bone and charcoal
and flint chippings as well as a crouched burial. In the second they found burnt
and unburnt bone from eight to ten individuals, a whetstone, greenstone axe, flint
knife and pottery fragments. In a third and hidden cist they also found a food
vessel, cremated bone and flint chippings.
Ballymeanoch (sometimes rendered
Ballymeanach) is perhaps the least developed or contextualised of the Kilmartin
Glen sites. It's no less impressive for it, though at first glance appears little
more than a field with some rubble.
The site was excavated in 1864 by Greenwell
and the remains of three burials and a fragmentary Beaker were found in the second
henge monument is unusual in Argyll but certainly relates to the other elements
of the ritual landscape that surround it. It's eroded and denuded and has thus
far been given the least recognition of all the sites, though it is doubtful that
this is anything other than a trick of fate.
It's thought to have been about
21 m in diameter with two burial cists one which held an early Bronze Age beaker.
Some have suggested that the Ballymeanoch and Nether Largie South sites
were part of a Bronze Age 'lunar observatory', possibly including plotting the
complexities of the lunar orbit and enabling the prediction of eclipses. As John
and Julia Keay write: "If so eclipse prediction would have been an impressive
means of social control by a religious elite."