Skip to comments.Ancient rock art baffles experts[UK]
Posted on 01/15/2009 3:19:11 PM PST by BGHater
Matt Ford scours the countryside for enigmatic rock carvings left by our ancestors.
While some people dream of the warm sun of southern Spain for their retirement, David Jones chose high fells, the sharp teeth of a gale and the quest to find 5,000-year-old artwork. "I decided to build a new life when I retired," says the former IT marketing specialist, as a bitter wind whips through his hair. "I wanted the last third to be quite different from the first two thirds. I walk a lot, I work with charities, and I do this."
"This" is joining more than 100 other Gore-Tex-clad volunteers scouring the moorland of north-east England, searching for traces of the enigmatic and weirdly beautiful carvings our ancestors made on stretches of flat rocks and boulders. The project is a collaboration between English Heritage and Northumberland and Durham County Councils. So far, more than 100 previously unknown carvings have been discovered, featuring a mysterious mix of concentric circles, interlocking rings and hollowed cups. They are broadly dated between 4,000 and 6,000 years old.
"Sometimes you do need the eye of faith to spot them," he says. "I could come up here seven or eight times and not see anything, and then suddenly, in a different light, a panel would be revealed right in front of me." Together with a group of volunteers we wade knee-deep through the heather of Barningham Moor, Co. Durham in search of one of the volunteer's most impressive discoveries, with the wind tearing in from the west, swirling curtains of fine rain.
No stone unturned: rock art in Northumberland
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Take a look at some of this stuff. You were posting materials the other day from the Indus that looked just like this stuff ~ but this is a bit older!
Yeah. In the UK these days, an On/Off switch baffles experts.
both settings in the UK are mostly off.
It baffles me as well...
When the original rock art album cover for "Smell The Glove" came out, experts were similiarly baffled:
How much more black can it be? None more black."
I forget, did that come from Mr. Tufnel or Mr st. Hubbins?
Over 100 Neolithic Stone Carvings Found In Northumberland[UK]
24 Hour Museum | 31 July 2008 | 24 Hour Museum Staff
Posted on 07/31/2008 10:46:50 AM PDT by BGHater
Weird Rock Carvings Puzzle Archaeologists
New Scientist | 10-9-2003
Posted on 10/09/2003 11:44:15 AM PDT by blam
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Thanks for the links. When I saw this before I read where it was my first thought was New Grange, then it seemed that I remembered seeing something similar at Malta. For the heck of it I checked Gloria Farley’s, “In Plain Sight”, but there was nothing similar. If her finds cover 3,000 to 1,000 years ago, and these circles cover 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, that would make sense.
“Spiral Dance” ping.
[ya either “get” Phi or ya don’t]
Surprisingly, comets do not always appear as sweeping brooms in the sky. When viewed at the correct angle and orientation, while the comet is outgassing appropriately, a comet can actually appear as a spiral "pinwheel." Below are some photos and a short movie of comet Hale-Bopp in 1997 when it was in spiral display.
TARXIEN TEMPLE MALTA
Looks to me like is’t proof that “modern art” aint so modern after all.
Art that tells you nothing. Depicts nothing.
I can just hear the carver saying in self satisfied joy. “It’s all about the circle maaaaaan! The circle, dontchu getit?”
Among the Hopi, who appear to be descended from the Pueblo people (who built Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, etc), a spiral is a symbol for a “long journey”. Spirals very similar to the ones described in this article are found associated with most of the Pueblo culture ruins in the Four Corners area.
I’ve been to that petroglyph.
No surprise that different people at different places used them for decoration — before they developed more complex designs.
Note, those are not ROCK PAINTINGS, the material is CARVED into the rock, just like the same symbols are carved into the rock on some of the background stuff in things you've posted. This stuff is several thousand years older.
I think you may not realize how widely traveled ancient people could be when they didn't have massive ice fields in their way.
Did you notice the "crop circle" formations for some of 'em?
Thanks for the images. Do you have date on the Tucson carvings? Someone suggests that these might be Cro-Magnon. While we are probably descended in a significant degree from CM, CM culture is considered to be 20 to 30,000 years old. These kind of spirals were showing up in Britain a lot later than that.
No, can’t help with dating, sorry. There are several more examples of petroglyph spirals at the link in my comment.