The Knappers Henge

It was found that mixing 8 parts copper with 1 part tin gave a new alloy, namely bronze. Bronze was found to be a better metal to work with than copper, and castings could be made. New weapons and farming implements were made. Evidence of Bronze Age man is found at Drumchapel close to the Goals football complex.

Knapper's Henge

The RCAHMS writes: "A bronze age burial ground was uncovered in 1933-4 by workmen, and during excavations by Davidson, at Knappers Sand Quarry, on the east side of Duntocher Boulevard (Great Western Road). Some 34 deposits were found, including cremation inhumation burials, some under cairns. Artifacts found included a polished flint adze, a stone some 3 feet long and 21 inches broad at its widest, said to be the end stone of a cist, marked with two pecked double ellipses and other markings (now in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum), an early Bronze Age rivetted dagger, flint scrapers, flakes, segmented paste beads, jet beads, some six food vessels in various degrees of preservation, fragments of unidentifiable Bronze Age pottery, a very small rim fragment of grey-black ware, with a fine plain surface, which Davidson suggests is probably Roman, and a few shards of green-glazed medieval ware.

"In September 1937, a grave was found at NS 5073 7127 near Knappers farm. Roughly circular, with irregualr boulder-built sides, it contained a neolithic bowl and a plano-convex flint knife. A number of neolithic and Bronze Age sherds were also found in the area between 1937 and 1938. These artifacts are now in the NMAS.

"In 1951, Mr Mann owned a number of items from this site, but after his death, his collection was given to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. He also constructed a bogus henge, west of the Great Western Road [near the Drumry high-flats]; not far from Knappers Quarry.

"Catalogue of finds and re-assessment of site, suggesting the existence of a henge or a Bronze Age Barrow, predating a Food Vessel cemetery."

That the site is considered a henge is confirmed by Duncan Robertson, writing "as the recent excavations nearby would seem to imply, to the days when the white-robed druids, standing by their altars in their temples and groves, practised their mysterious rites..". At various times of the year, modern druids still return to the henge to practise those mysterious rites.