31 December 2006

Rock Art News

Hi Folks, Found this blog on the web run by "Rock Art News". I don't know who he/she/they is/are but there is an amazing lot of news from all corners of the world. It could well be the collection blog of StonePages or so. Here's the link.....Enjoy! Rock Art News Cheers, Jan

13 December 2006

Northern Lights

Last weekend, and the weekend before, saw the all too short run of an installation art piece at Simonside, Northumerland. The work was comissioned as part of the 50th Birthday of the Northumberland National Park. Artist Phil Supple used a series of rock art inspired light sculptures (such as the one below based on motifs at Ketley Crag) to illuminate a trail leading to a view of the north west crags of Simonside, wonderfully lit by projections of Cup and Ring motifs based on Stan's drawings.

Andy managed to make a dash up there to provide background information on rock art to those taking part in one of the organised walks from the bottom of the ill to the summit. (Despite having been given dodgy directions and very short notice due to a case of projectile vomiting babies in the house of Hob)

Despite having looked forward to the event for weeks, I thought I wasn't going to be able to get there, but was luckily given the chance to get up there for the last half hour of the lights. It was pretty darned good to see these motifs projected onto a surface I know is a prominent feature of the views of many of Northumberland's RA and other monuments.

Despite waht the promotional leaflet had inferred, there was no light show at Lordenshaw, so as part of the evening, my associates and I paid a nocturnal visit to the main panel and waved some torches at it. I regret the lack of a tripod, as the moon rose a lovely shade of orangey-red.

Possibly they'll do something similar next year, but probably at a different site.

Well done Northumberland National Park and Mr Supple. It was much appreciated.

11 December 2006

West Yorks Rock Art book now on CD

I spoke to Keith Boughey last week and he said the Rock Art of West Yorkshire book is now completely sold out. However the publishers (WYAS) have decided to put the book onto a CD and i think its for sale at the same price as the book (£14.00?) . So at least it is still available in some format. Keith has also put his own 'update' CD together (£5?) with details of some significant finds that have come to light since the book was published. Contact details for the publishers at http://www.arch.wyjs.org.uk/aspubl.htm

04 December 2006

incised rocks

Here's some eg's of the incised rocks from the Glentarf area , as they don't necessarily have any conventional rock art on them they have not been put on BRAC .

02 December 2006

Sir James on E-Bay

Not an every day's offer on Ebay! Look at that cover; the best X-mas present ever.

01 December 2006

What lays beneath?

Here's a link to some 'neolithic' marked stones found near Boston Spa ( just down the road from me). They were buried in pits in a field overlooking the river Wharfe. Best to follow the pages for the 2004 dig to get an idea of the context. http://www.bsparch.org.uk/excavations_pit_aligns.htm Not your conventional cup and ring rock art but there are other examples of rocks with linear markings (Hinderwell beacon etc) and it seems to have been another way of marking rocks way back then. When i see these kinds of marks i am reminded of the ritual practice of 'cutting' the rock/stone as found among the indigenous Australians