21 June 2006

RA and grub .

Hello Brian , about a year ago I found six separate panels all surrounding a man made loch near Urlar . I get the impression that when they were carved the area would have been quite similar and would have attracted animals , possibly a reason for the carvings. Some of the pics are under Black Burn in the Perth and Kinross folder.

9 comments:

Jan said...

Nice one, George! Didn't got or lost it. Anyway, I added the pic to BRAC and a direct link to the collection in your post. Thanks a lot!
Cheers,
Jan

wolfy said...

Hi George,

I started to think after getting the call from the farmer, so i checked canmore,there it is was an old loch, with perhaps 3 or 4, maybe more crannogs. This made me think of the position of some of the carvings or standing stones in that area, most of the carvings have a good view of the sea, but in this case the carvings are in a more central area, perhaps looking inland,rather than out to sea. Whatever the case it does show the importance of that area of loch, the crannogs, the settlement around it, etc..
should be good to take a visit.

brian

GraemeC said...

These are the kind of sites i like as they provide a hint as to what the stones could have been about. In this case a possible link with a nearby body of water.
An informed guess would be 'offering' sites connected with the food and other resources provided by the lochs. Different family groups could have had the 'rights' to certain areas around the edge of the loch?
GC

Jan said...

Hi George,
What makes a loch 'man made' and was it prehistoric man? Was it created by building a dam in the burn?
Cheers,
Jan

george said...

Hello Jan , Until roughly 2 years ago the area was just a damp flat space with a burn running through . A wee dam , bosh , diversification ,someplace for the "sportsmen " to fish when the deer season is over.The panels actually surround the loch .

wolfy said...

"The panels actually surround the loch"

exactly my idea of what Dowalton loch might have looked like, the rock carvings surrounding the loch.


Brian

george said...

"exactly my idea of what Dowalton loch might have looked like, the rock carvings surrounding the loch."

That's why I mentioned Black Burn .

Jan said...

OK George, do you thinks the Urlar stones were more or less grouped around -or towards- the lock and, if so, what make you think the loch was there 5000 years ago?
Cheers,
Jan

george said...

We can’t be sure that there was a loch in the same spot , but the ground would probably have been boggy and being enclosed might have been attractive to animals . The surrounding exposed geology support the markings , which suggests a possibility that they were executed with the bog/loch as focal point or alternatively they were marked for the same reason as so many others that had no such focal point . BTW the loch has yet to appear on the latest OS and Canmore maps.