27 July 2006

New Panels on Craig Hill

Hello Folks , Some new panels found on Craig Hill on a knoll (CR 21) that already has more than it's fair share of squiggles .This is the most squiggly one. (The whole Craig Hill-21 collection on BRAC with links to the other panels)

25 July 2006

PRA at Hareshaw Linn?

We received an e-mail from Andrew Gardner (aj40 on RABL) about an unusual find near Bellingham. Since there's no reported other rock art in the area, he's wondering if this is a genuine cup-and-ring motif or just another spell of nature like the Casterigg spiral. Andrew wrote: "Hareshaw Linn is a fairly big waterfall (considerably larger than Roughting Linn) at the head of a densely wooded river valley about 2 miles walk from the centre of Bellingham. There are high sand stone cliffs on both sides of the fall. Under normal Northumberland weather conditions there's usually a large volume of water coming down the river and the pool below the fall where the path ends is deep and difficult to cross safely. Climbing on to the ledge where Steve found the rock would be very difficult when the river is full too. Thanks to the prolonged hot weather we're enjoying the river is very low at present and when we were there we could cross easily and scramble up onto the large sloping ledge opposite the end of the path. The marked rock was close under the base of the cliff at the back of the ledge. If anyone else wants to go and look for it they'd better get there before the weather breaks! I would guess that Hareshaw Linn would have had some significance for prehistoric people in the area given the association of some Northumberland rock art with prominent river features (Roughting Linn, the Jack Rock cliffs at Morwick) and the association of henges with rivers so perhaps we might expect to find rock art somewhere there. There's only the one path up the valley today but maybe in prehistoric times there were other paths through the woods and the ledge was more easily accessible. It's fun to speculate on what might have been! Thanks again, I look forward to hearing what everyone else thinks we might have found." So what do we think? Cheers, Jan Links to the original 'discovery'-photos received from Andrew: "Hey, I found something!" and "Look at this!"

24 July 2006

Morphing Stone PhotoG on TMA

With thanks to English Heritage and the Northumberland & Durham Rock Art Project
Finally got round to posting some PhotoG images of the morphing stone : http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/8209 thanks to English Heritage & N&DRAP for letting me use them, special mention to Joe Gibson & Paul Bryan.

17 July 2006

Lagganmullan rock carvings..

Hi Folks , Just to let you know that another Dumfries & Galloway rock art site has decided to show its face again after a number of years..Lagganmullan in the Gatehouse area. I have photographed 2 panels so far, panels numbered 3 & 4. Panel 4 is one that we both really liked and were so impressed with, it contains 58 cups, with atleast 35 of them having single cups, a design that seems very popular within the Gatehouse region. Please take a look at the pic above, and more on TMA. I hope to locate the rest of the panels in due course.. Panel 3 is a very interesting rock, it has been dug up, and erected as a standing stone. You can see how smooth the back of the stone is where it was in the ground, the carved upper surface which was exposed is now the front edge. Lagganmullan 3 on TMA Lagganmullan 4 on TMA Lagganmullan 5 on TMA Cheers.. Brian

04 July 2006

Barningham Moor rediscovery

New find on Barningham Moor, discovered whilst following one of my ridiculous ‘trackway’ theories. It consists of approx 45 cups + 25 CnRs, a series of enclosing grooves & interlinking grooves that connect all but 5 of the ringless cup.... a quite busy yet manic design!!

03 July 2006

Bradley; Ships on Rocks

left: Stan (wearing his West Horton jumper) and Richard at Morwick in 1992 right: Richard Bradley during the interview, June 2006
Hi there Folks, Last May, Richard Bradley was a guest speaker at Leiden University, Archaeology Department. An interview with him was publised in the Dutch newspaper NRC of 18 June 2006. Lately he's involved in research of rock art in South Scandinavia, mainly on rock carvings of ships and footsteps. Here are some quotes from the article which might be of interest to you. I've numbered them for easy reference. 1. I never studied Archaeology, I only research what I like - the last five, six years I was busy with British and Irish prehistory but I'm now utterly bored by the subject. 2. There's no sense in researching rock art on its own. Only when you bring it in context with other archaeological finds, the environment and its possible audience, you are able to say something about it. If not, you could better study wallpaper. 3. During a visit to Sweden, I discovered a cairn near to the rock art. The Swedes never noticed that before because one expert studies the rock art and another the cairns. 4. I want to know how people lived in a society different from ours. But I don't use big fundamental questions, lets say the questions asked by people who try to write a dissertation and become frustrated. I just notice things and ask myself why people throw weapons into rivers and carve motifs in rocks. It would be nice if we could keep it that simple! Cheers, Jan