27 August 2006

Linda Gordon: I Am Here Now

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Hi Folks, We received the following invitation from Linda Gordon, one of the RAM'06-ers: "I would very much like you to come to the opening party of my exhibition in rural Northumberland. It is the culmination of my year-long residency here, and I shall be showing a number of works, including installlations in the fields and barns of Highgreen. I attach a photo with details. I realise it is in a remote area of the country - but well worth the journey if you feel like enjoying some fabulous landscape, clean air and empty roads (well almost), plenty of sheep and some interesting art. Please contact me if you want to know more, or need the map deciphering.... Linda" In a later e-mail she added: "If anyone wants to come to my show, there are some great walks, and the local pub is having a barbeque with live music on the same day." So what are we waiting for? On to Highgreen! (I've invited Linda to this RABlog so she will be happy to inform you on-blog!)

16 August 2006

English Heritage info sign

Was confronted by this sign at Chatton yesterday......can't argue with the sentiment, can't help but laugh at the delivery.

15 August 2006

Circles in Stone

(click to enlarge) Stan Beckensall sent us the cover of his new book: "Circles in Stone, A British Prehistoric Mystery" ISBN: 0752440152 It will be publish by Tempus on 1 Nov. 2006. Congratulations from all of us, Stan! A nice addition to the "Chronology of British Rock Art Books" on BRAC.

09 August 2006

Solar alignment? Surely not...

Alright, I'll admit to a daft idea and back it up with some daftness. Jacqui and I went up to West Weetwood the weekend after the summer solstice, and as we sat at Ketley watching the sunset, it became apparent that the 'rock shelter' is placed so that it faces in just the right direction to catch the last rays of midsummer's day. Now I know we were a week after, but I clagged the flash unit on a monopod, placed it in about the position that I think the sun would have set on the Solstice, and Lo! the light went straight(ish) up the central groove on the sheter floor. Prompting all sorts of thoughts about how the line dividing the two halves of the panel may have represented the boundary between two aspects of life, embodied by the waxing and waning of the sun, or it's movements alog the horizon. Pure conjecture, and hardly a sound theory, but it's testable. So next year, I know where I want to be on midsummer's evening. Sitting at the boundary of the upper world and the underworld, by the cracks in the hill where the lines flow into the rock, at the point in time when the light comes from as far to the north as it ever can. I know RA isn't supposed to relate to the sky and would never dream of being such a heretic as to suggest it does, but hey, I'm only reporting an observation ;) (Hi Hob! I've included the requested image. The other ones are here.)

05 August 2006

Hareshaw Linn II

Visited this site yesterday & just don’t know what to make of it. There’s definitely some multiple circular-ish action going on, but it’s really difficult to determine what actually is there. Potentially, it could be a carving, or a weird bedding or erosion feature, although some of the arcs did appear to cut across the planes. This circular feature seemed to be existent on other parts of the rock also……so bedding, or potentially more carvings???? Unfortunately, as I started to feel the stone most of the green forming the circles came off easily on my fingers, it seemed to be dried dead algae (recent weather conditions?) rather than lichen. The ‘feel’ approach was inconclusive because of the stones uneven surface. One thing that did spring to mind is, is algae known to form circular patterns or does it just cling to whats there? Other things to consider, is the rocks location. It’s a piece of bedrock that sits below a large overhang & over the years no doubt has suffered from a constant dripping of water from above. If it is a carving, the dripping may have speeded up the erosion process, but this might have been offset by a lack of wind.. One thing that particularly struck me was the rocks position & how the carving (if it is one) faces the only pathway to the waterfall. Presuming this pathway was there 4-5k yrs ago, if you wanted to carve for it to be seen, you probably would have chosen this spot. Taking everything into consideration, I can honestly say that I haven’t the foggiest whether anythings there or not. Would be interesting to know what others think if you visit.