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Ancient British Rock Art

26 27 The tailed cup is a very prominent design element in many areas. Shown here are examples from a further range of sites. The tail gives the simple cup mark some kind of development, a movement from inside to outside, a bridge, perhaps between one dimension and another. The rings opposite are not broken, in contrast to other examples below left which allow the tail to pass through. The multiple rings help to intensify the central cup and create a more powerful design. Evidence from Irish passage grave sites suggests that pictograms were linked with astronomical phenomena. Are these records of years perhaps, or moons Shown on this page are tailed cups with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 rings. In the examples from Achnabreck and Millstone Burn one may notice that the tails all have the same general direction. Could this be some kind of indication of movement tAILEd cups wIth rIngs a range of examples Coverstone of a cist, Coilsfield, Ayrshire, Achnabreck, Argylleshire Balcraig, Galloway Millstone Burn, NorthumberlandChris Mansell
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