News, Facts, Questions, More Questions and (some) Answers about Prehistoric Rock Art in the UK
04 September 2006
Close ups of peck marks
(Cairnholy-6. Photo by George. Click to enlarge)
Is anyone out there aware of any studies which look at the fine detail of peck marks?
I'm still undecided about this 'andesite pick' concept. It seems to work in Northumberland as a rough rule, but some of the pecks look a bit too tight. Also, the few bits of Dumfries stuff I've seen look like they would have been well tricky to make with a stone pick. Then just to add to my confusion, I read that schist is harder than granite, so the Kilmartin stuff would have been a bit difficult to do with stone.
So I guess what I'm asking is about suff in a similar vein to those studies you see about scratches on flints or metal tools that indicate what they were used for, but in reverse.
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