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non rock art


There has been a mention of a splendid example of recently discovered prehistoric rock art near Barrhead , just outside Glasgow ,so I went to have a look .
It is rock art so probabaly not quite right for this section , it is however not prehistoric .
Quite a few giveaway signs , mainly the differential colouring of the incised areas and the rock surface .If the surface had ben previously covered or exposed the incised areas and the rock surface would have had similar colouring but there is quite a difference , just as we find when rocks are recently engraved .
The markings are very fresh but with no signs of any pick markings , from the stone tools that we might expect to have been used to engrave them ,instead the incised areas are very smooth unlike the natural smoothness found after millenia of exposure . The cups are just not like real cups the edges are too well defined and the cups too shallow , this may sound like special pleading but anyone who has seen genuine cups in all their varieties will know what I mean. Finally the site is at a junction of three paths ,complete with a signpost ,thousands of people will have walked over it and past it , it's evry unlikley to gave gone unnoticed . I have found examples of genuine rock close by paths but nothing as obvious as this ,you can even see the markings from some distance away . So yes it is rock art but probably engraved in the past couple of years .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
6th August 2015ce
Edited 7th August 2015ce

Comments (3)

I quite like it though :) thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th August 2015ce
What's not to like ?
A bit of open air rock art , quite well executed , give it a few hundred years it might even pass for being older .
I don't mind the fact that there was no date attached , why should anyone bother ? If it fools anyone , like a Keating , tough ,that's their problem .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
6th August 2015ce
The single cups look like "scoops" and have a very sharp edge. The cup and ring to the left in the second photo looks all wrong... the unworked area between the scoop and the ring looks too... well... "flat". In pretty much every cup and ring I have seen that area between the cup and the ring is "curved" in profile, maybe that's a combination of the original work and weathering/ age but it is not there in this example. The cup with two rings simply looks wrong with its very "flat" surface and incised profiles.

It is a lovely tribute to the old masters but I think this more modern example lacks the groove and "organic flow" of the originals.

Thanks for posting this Mr T. This kinda informative post with photos and some notes is a great addition to this site. I love this stuff.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
8th August 2015ce
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