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|Description ||The mysterious 'cup and ring' markings, on sandstone, on remote Northumberland moorland. About 2 feet, (60 cm) across.
These ancient marking must have taken great effort, with flint or copper tools. They are very common in the lower hills, to the east of the Cheviot range in Northumberland (border hills, between England and Scotland).
Cup and ring markings are about 4 to 5 thousand years old, and their symbolism remains a mystery.
Taken with the setting sun, giving oblique rays, to throw these carvings into sharp relief.|
|Only one vote...and no comments!!....I will have to retrieve my axe - the trusty blade that I wrested from the bodies of the brave Celtic warriors, whom we won this land of Northumbria....|
|Give us a chance mate, it only went up today! Excellent pic, btw. Now, step away from the axe... ;-)|
|Nice pic ethelwulf, just shows that you donít need to wet carvings to get good pics.
Its generally thought that such motifs were carved using tools made out of the same rock type, or something a little harder. Some folks think that motifs were carved using a hammer stone & a sharper stone (indirect percussion) others think just a sharp stone was used (direct percussion), experiments in Australia have shown that you can get the same results using both methods. I know a couple of people that have experimented carving cup & ring marks, with copies of the probable tools used, surprisingly a cup & ring took only 15mins. Iíd imagine something this complex would be 2-3hours in the making.
|It looks very modern to me!|
| Reminds me of the eye, of a giant lizard...;)|
| Terrific detail in this one...that "eye" looks into and through you. I have no difficulty imagining a cousin of Grendel's falling here in a past age, forever marking the land.|
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