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Ancient British Rock Art

6 7 The carvings shown here are from Roughting Linn, one of the largest known decorated outcrops, which exhibits a range of complex designs developed largely around the cup and ring format. The illustration of the site on the previous page, produced for the Duke of Northumberland in 1869, shows the site as a bleak and remote outcrop in the middle of extensive moorland, a majestic feature in an empty landscape. Today the site is bypassed by a road. Trees and bushes have grown up and it has been surrounded by a fence. It might seem that much of its original aesthetic relationship with the landscape has been lost, but, judging by the quantity of small offerings on view at every visit, this place is still special to many. The sheer scale of Roughting Linn is testament to the fact that whoever produced these drawings was making a deliberate and significant statement. roughtIng LInn NorthumberlandChris Mansell
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