|Discovery:||recognised, 1968 Steer, K.|
|History:||Forsyth/1996, 94: `The animal and geometric carvings have been known since at least the end of the seventeenth century, but the presence of ogham was not noticed until around 1968. Jackson [in 1973] says that he was told of the existence of the ogham `a couple of years ago' by Kenneth Steer of the RCAHMS, and that they visited the cave together in September 1971'.|
|Geology:||Forsyth/1996, 93: `...sandstone'.|
|Dimensions:||0.0 x 0.0 x 0.0 (Unknown)|
Forsyth/1996, 94: `...the left-hand wall of the cave'.
Fisher/2001, 66: `carved immediately left of the main group of serpents'.
|Condition:||inc , some|
Forsyth/1996, 93--94, gives an account of the variety of carving and its condition on the cave walls of Blackwaterfoot, noting that the large amount of modern graffiti `may obscure older work'.
|Decorations:||no other decoration|
|Forsyth, K.S. (1996):||--][E!]OMEQ[E!][--|
Forsyth/1996 96--97 substantial discussion
|Fisher, I. (2001):||[--]EOMEQE[--]|
[--]EO MEG E[--]
Fisher/2001 66 reading only
|Position:||n/a ; other ; n/a ; undivided|
Forsyth/1996, 94: `...carved on the left-hand wall of the cave...about 9 m...from the entrance gate'.
Fisher/2001, 66: `immediately left of the main group of serpents'.
|Date:||500 - 799 (Forsyth/1996)|
Forsyth/1996, 99: `They could be as early as the Pool ogham (sixth century) or later than Dunadd (late eighth century?)'.
|Ling. Notes:||Forsyth/1996, 96: `If the inscription is complete as it stands then it is difficult to interpret it in terms of a Celtic, or any other language. If, as seems likely, letters have been lost from both ends, it can be interpreted as Goidelic' with MEQ(I) for MAQI.|
Fisher/2001, 66: `containing the Irish Meq ('son')'.
|Palaeography:||Fisher/2001, 66: `a curving natural stem-line'.|
Forsyth/1996, 96: `...the condition of the stone does not rule out the possibility that letters have been lost from the beginning and the end of this inscription'.
Fisher/2001, 66: `apparently incomplete at both ends'.