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Old Bewick

Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art


Quite in the early part of the present century, a Mr. J. C. Langlands noticed some curious figures, very much worn and defaced, upon a sandstone block near the great camp on Old Bewick Hill, in the county of Northumberland. Mr. Tate, Secretary of the Anthropological Society, etc., who has rendered excellent service in describing the sculptured rocks of the north of England, says that though strange and old world looking, these figures then presented an isolated fact, and he (Mr. Langlands) hesitated to connect them with by-past ages; for they might have been the work of an ingenious shepherd, while resting on the hill; but on finding some years afterwards, another incised stone of a similar character, on the same hill, he then formed the opinion that these sculptures were very ancient, and probably the work of the same people who erected the strong and complicated fort cresting the hill. To him belongs the honour of the first discovery of these archaic sculptures.
from the (rather unusual) Reverend Hargrave Jennings's 'Archaic Rock Inscriptions' of 1890. So, Old Bewick - spiritual home of the rock art spotter?
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th February 2007ce
Edited 17th February 2007ce

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