Database of Scotland's ancient rock art to be created.
"A digital database of Scotland's Neolithic and early Bronze Age rock art is to be created.
About 6,000 rocks are known in Britain to have ancient cup and ring carvings. More than 2,000 of the sites are found in Scotland.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has been awarded £807,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council towards the five-year project.
The database would include 2D and 3D models of some of the decorated stone.
The project will be launched next year and involve the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow School of Art.
The purpose and significance of rock art to prehistoric and more recent communities is poorly understood, HES said.
Archaeologists believe the markings may have been made for a number of reasons.
These include for rituals, as territorial markers or mapping the stars. They could even be the "doodlings" of bored, ancient shepherds."
Posted by harestonesdown
30th June 2016ce
Edited 1st July 2016ce