Stan Beckinsall's Archive to go on the Internet
from 'the scotsman'
An archive featuring the UK’s finest collection of prehistoric rock art - stone carvings thousands of years old - is to get a global showcase via what is believed to be the most detailed internet site of its kind in the world.
The website will include global positioning system readings - highly accurate positions of the artwork compiled using satellites - and digital drawings and photographs.
Northumberland is widely regarded as having the country’s richest collection of rock art, with up to 500 examples still existing in the field and written records of up to 750 panels.
Examples include England’s largest such site at Roughting Linn, just south of the Border.
Stan Beckensall, who has spent more than 30 years documenting this mysterious phenomenon, has just donated his extensive archive to the Museum of Antiquities at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. The records include photographs, books, drawings and rubbings.
In a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), the university intends to make the entire archive widely accessible via a new website which will display information at differing levels of complexity, providing a valuable research and teaching resource for academics as well as schools, heritage specialists, landowners, and tourists.
Dr Aron Mazel, an archaeologist and research associate with the School of Historical Studies at Newcastle University, who is leading the project, says the website will be the most detailed of a rock art area in the world. It is due to go live next year.
Posted by Rhiannon
13th March 2003ce
Edited 13th March 2003ce