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New rock art finds in Norway

Looks a lot different from UK rock art of the same period but interesting to compare these finds with what we see when out and about.

Given the site of these finds (west coast of Norway) and the period (late Iron Age) I can't believe there wasn't some form of cultural exchange across the North Sea to Shetland/Orkney?
mascot Posted by mascot
8th February 2011ce
Edited 8th February 2011ce

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We do have examples of feet in British rock art but like the norwegian one they are often in a burial context e.g. Pool farm cist , the calderstones . The cochno stone was an open air site but is now covered up others also have feetlike markings with some later Iron Age e.g. Dunadd . tiompan Posted by tiompan
8th February 2011ce
Re cultural exchange - the Broch at Clickmin, Shetland has some footprints doesn't it?

I've found an obscure reference to a Sutherland broch, dug in the 1880s I think, having some footprints, but so far I am jiggered if I can work out which one...
summerlands Posted by summerlands
8th February 2011ce
Thanks for these - I didn't know at all about footprints in UK rock art so nice to learn yet more good stuff!

Clickmin does indeed have footprints so could show cultural exchange - would be interesting to know if these features are only see in the northern isles/Scotland.

"It is thought that it was during this period that one of Clickimin's oddest features was added: a slab of stone with two footprints carved into it on the causeway leading to the broch. A similar feature with one footprint at Dunadd in Argyll was thought to be associated with kingship. The purpose here is unknown, but was perhaps more mundane."

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mascot Posted by mascot
9th February 2011ce
Possibly on the kingship / leadership thing, I'm sure I read once a fleeting reference to Eilean Donan Castle have some carved footprints somewhere near the old bridge or causeway to it... Not sure where I read that though :-S summerlands Posted by summerlands
9th February 2011ce
All of this has sprung memories in me of reading "Crow Road" by Iain Banks and a section on footprints in rock and crowning of ancient kings.

Googled away and the site Banks was referring to is at Dunadd and it has a footprint that was meant to be part of the coronation ceremony for kings of Dalriada.
mascot Posted by mascot
9th February 2011ce
More on rock art in Norway in this english language manual:;action=File.getFile;ID=7363 Posted by Vragebugten
1st December 2011ce
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