23 November 2005


Hi Fitz and all, Here's the IFRAO-scale. Click on the pic and print or download the result. On my computer the scale is 1:1. That is: it's lenght is 10 cm indeed. If this isn't the case on your machine (resolution etc.) you may try to photoshop the image to the right size. If that doesn't work: write a postcard to Austalia! Hope it works though! All about the scale: http://www.cesmap.it/ifrao/scale.html Cheers, Jan

21 November 2005

Townhead Rosettes Parade

Last weekend it was rosettes parade again in Kirkcudbrightshire. Brian and Suzanne unearthed and photgraphed: Townhead-9; http://rockartuk.fotopic.net/c764970.html and Townhead-2; http://rockartuk.fotopic.net/c764949.html Unique motifs came alight, fourteen years after Maarten van Hoek recorded them for the first time. Thanks a lot for the good work and for sharing these nice images with us! Cheers, Jan

18 November 2005

Greenland (Auchentorlie)

Many thanks for posting these pictures: http://rockartuk.fotopic.net/c765445.html I almost went looking for these on my way up to Invernesshire earlier this year. It looks like such a fantastic panel. I contacted the Museum of Scotland, apparently the carvings are still in storage, and will oneday be viewable by the public. I wish they'd hurry up, I'd love to see them.

16 November 2005

Townhead Exhibition

Hi Folks, Suzanne & Brian's photos are on-line on BRAC now. http://rockartuk.fotopic.net We had to make different collections to keep things tidy. Enjoy one of the most artistic rock art sites in the UK. Thanks guys! Jan

15 November 2005

Looks interesting .

Fire and the Archaeology of Fylingdales Moor, North YorkshireWhitby Museum, Pannett Park, Whitby, North YorkshireThursday 1st December 2005A seminar, sponsored by English Heritage: Fire and the Archaeology ofFylingdales Moor, North YorkshireThis seminar will review the responses to the needs of ecology andarchaeology on 2.5 square kilometres of moorland on the coast ofnorth-east Yorkshire, the subject of a disastrous fire in September2003. The morning session will discuss what has been done to record the archaeology revealed by the fire, and how this has been integrated withefforts to safeguard the archaeology and regenerate the ecology of themoor. The afternoon session with consider continuing management andresearch requirements, including a discussion of the now-famous carvedslab, and what the wider lessons of the project are. Draft Programme:MORNING: RESPONSES TO THE FIRE (chair - TBC)10.00 Coffee10.30 Welcome10.40 Fylingdales Moor before the fire (Graham Lee (NYMNPA)10.55 Introduction - aftermath of the fire: archaeological managementissues (Neil Redfern, EH)11.10 Introduction - aftermath of the fire: ecological management issues(Rachel Pickering, NYMNPA)11.25 The application of air photography to the burnt moorland (JaneStone, EH)11.45 Detailed survey and its results (Al Oswald, EH)12.05 Walk-over survey and its results (Blaise Vyner)12.25 Rock art on Fylingdales Moor (Paul Brown/Graeme Chappell) 12.40 New approaches to recording rock art (Paul Bryan, EH) 12.55 Summing up (Neil Redfern)13.00 Lunch - a buffet lunch will be available - please book your place(see below)AFTERNOON: TIDYING UP THE ARCHAEOLOGY AND ECOLOGY (chair - Graham Lee,NYMNPA)13.45 Introduction - The land-owner's perspective (Sir FredStrickland-Constable)13.55 Overview of the archaeology of Fylingdales Moor (Blaise Vyner) 14.10 The longer-term ecological ambitions (Rachel Pickering)14.25 The Stoupe Brow monument - opportunity and dilemma (NeilRedfern/Blaise Vyner)15.00 Discussion of further research requirements led by Neil Redfern16.00 ConclusionPlease book in advance by e-mailing Blaise Vyner atblaise@meander.demon,co,uk or writing to 16 College Square, Stokesley,North Yorkshire TS9 5DL. There is no charge for the seminar. If directions or other information are needed please inquire at the time ofbooking.

Townhead, D&G, SW-Scotland

Hi Folks,

After the hard work done by Brian & Suzanne last weekend, I think they (and the site) deserve a new item on the blog. Our compliments have to go out to both passionated fieldworkers because they brought the most beautyfull motifs alight! As I said before, Townhead is for Dumfries and Galloway what Achnabreck is for Argyll and Bute.

These fantastic carvings weren't seen by the first rock art recorders in this area (Hamilton, Coles, etc.). It was D.C. Bailey who made the first discovery in 1964 but he could only point out 1 of the 4 panels he had found to Ronald Morris when they re-visited the site in 1973. By that time, Morris recorded 3 panels and published them, with some b-w pics and modest drawings in his book "The Prehistoric Rock Art of Galloway" (Blandford 1979).

It seems that nothing happened between 1973 and 1986 when Maarten van Hoek visited the site for the first time and started to record a lot of new panels. He made three more visits to the site and the results of his efforts were layed down in a manuscript called "Morris' Prehistoric Rock Art of Galloway" (Oisterwijk 1995). The manuscript was never published and we are very happy to have it in our library now. Maarten describes 17 panels in the Townhead fields and made drawings of most of them. He missed, however, the one (number 18 now!) just NW of Townhead farmhouse, recently recorded by Brian after being informed by the farmer.

There are amazing motifs at this location, most of them (now) covered. Especcially rosettes of a unique kind, spirals, encircled basins and much more. Townhead is (and was!) a very special place without doubt.

After recording site 1 and 3 before, Brian and Suzanne were last weekend in seach of panel 9, the only one of which Maarten van Hoek had published a nice photo showing two of that strange rosettes! But panel 9 has to wait because our diligent duo unearthed for a great part panel nr. 4. And with what a nice result!

Most of the pics of panel 1, 3 and 4 are already published to TMA but Brian sent me some in a bigger format. I'll post them to BRAC soon with the panel number attached. And there's more to come weather and backs permitted!

Thank you very much!


13 November 2005

Ketley Crag

Archaeoptics' 3 DLaser scan of Ketley .

09 November 2005

StoneWatch on FreeMedia

Hi Folks, Unfortunately you can't post (active!) links in comments. But with the link in my comment to Greywethers StoneWatch post, the html tag fell off. So here's the link again and hopefully very active!
http://www.freemedia.ch/verlagsprogramm/stonewatchnews.html Cheers, Jan

08 November 2005

Stonewatch 2

A picture that is part of history, taken from the "Cup and Ring art of the British isles, a birds eye view" report by Maarten van Hoek. Ronald Morris meets Maarten van Hoek at Gourock golf course to discuss rock art. Thanks to both these guys we all have a better understanding of rock art. This was taken from one of the files or books should i say, from Stonewatch.


Anybody familiar with the StoneWatch site? http://www.stonewatch.de/ I came across it by chance whilst ildly surfing! One or two things of UK interest amongst the downloadable stuff (Special projects > Special files). I've copied a couple of these .... and may even get round to reading them one day - if I can ever get used to the idea of e-books which you read off the screen without printing them first! Meantime, I'll just be looking at the pictures. Cheers Leslie

07 November 2005

Crummock Photos

Hiya folks, regarding my Crummock photos, could you please keep them to yourselves for the time being. Kate Sharp, who gave me the information about this new site, is going to present the site at the Lake District National Parks conference at Troutbeck bridge on the 26th of this month. cheers Fitz

01 November 2005

More Cumbrian Stuff

Howdo Folks, I seem to be on a bit of a roll here so I thought I'd share a couple of other possible examples of Cumbrian rock art that I came across in the summer. The first two pictures are of a possible cup mark on one cairn large kerb stones on Moor Divock. I was quite suprised that this has not been remarked on before as it is quite noticeable, in fact, far more noticeable than Stan's cup and ring on the nearby cairn. The second pair of pictures are of a stone I came across whilst walking up to the Swarth Fell stone circle. The stone is beside a trackway and close to a beck on the scarp, north west facing slope of Moor Divock. I was struck by the similarities in size and style between this 'cup' and one that Stu and I had found in 2004 on a possible, fallen or buried Shap Avenue stone http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/6327. Incidentally, since finding the 'cup' at Shap I have been told that there is a similar feature of the other end of the same stone. I am not totally convinced that these 'cups' are man made, I would be grateful if anyone had any thoughts on the matter. cheers fitz