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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!