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Megalithic rock-scribing found near Croagh Patrick

A rare sample of megalithic engraving or “rock-scribing” has been found on an ancient pilgrimage route to Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo.

The prehistoric ornamentation resembles that found in Lough Crew, Co Meath, and is one of just of two rock art samples of its type to be identified west of the Shannon, according to archaeologist Michael Gibbons.

The panel had been concealed behind the outcropping at the Boheh townland known as St Patrick’s chair, which has some 250 petroglyphs or carvings on its surface. The carvings are believed to have been inspired by the “rolling sun” phenomenon, where the setting sun appears to glide down the flank of Croagh Patrick during the months of April and August.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
28th February 2015ce

Comments (1)

Pity there's no pics .

"Rolling suns" are not uncommon and because of that they do coincide with rock art .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
28th February 2015ce
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