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Ancient British Rock Art

14 15 The joining together of discrete visual elements with varying types of pathway is a development seen at many locations e.g., Ormaig and Old Bewick and it is clear that there is some intention here in relating one element to another. Cups and rings are also commonly found on horizontal outcrops, which has prompted suggestions that these joined motifs were used for water or blood in ritual processes in some way. However, at Ballochmyle in Ayrshire the carvings are found on a cliff face, so this would seem to contradict that theory. In looking at these designs it is additionally possible that some symbolic connection is being made between the joined elements. The seemingly random connections only add to the fascination of these drawings. JoInEd cups Rosshire fragments cups and rings from Rosshire RathoChris Mansell
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