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Monday, 2 July 2012

Rock art


According to thisissouthwales

A REINDEER engraved on the wall of a Gower cave has been confirmed as the oldest known rock art in Britain. The image was created at least 14,000 years ago, an expert from Bristol University has said.

A reindeer? No wonder they hid it in a cave.  

7 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

I thought it was really good, it's a question of the medium you use.

Given a pencil and paper, I'd expect better, but given a flattish rock surface and something pointy and scratchy (what exactly? metal? had they invented it at that stage?) it's really good.

A K Haart said...

Mark - probably a stone pencil. Maybe it was a game played in the dark. People had to enter the cave in turn and add their bit to the drawing.

If so, it's really good.

Sam Vega said...

Actually, the contours of the rock upon which it was scratched look like a rubenesque woman with prominent breasts bending slightly forward. (Yes it does, I tell you, and no, Mrs. Vega and I are as close as ever...)

I assumed the angular scratchings were an attempt to censor that image. The Chapel would have been pretty strong in the Gower, anyway, and they wouldn'y have stood for such smut...

duffandnonsense said...

Heh! I see the Art Schools were no better 'back in the day'!

A K Haart said...

Sam - crikey - what an imagination! I just see some boxes on stilts!

David - this was a PhD thesis too!

James Higham said...

an expert from Bristol University has said

Using which technique?

A K Haart said...

James - guesswork in my view. It looks nothing like a reindeer. I reckon his kids drew it while his back was turned.