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Ancient British Rock Art

32 33 Long Meg is one of the largest stone circles in the British Isles and Meg, the single outlier shown opposite, marks the midwinter sunset position. The carvings are faint and best observed in glancing light, or at night with the use of a lantern. The design shown below is a fascinating arrangement of cups, rings and adjoining pathways, and evokes all kinds of explanations. Perhaps there is evidence here of some ritual which has been long forgotten. The carvings are weathered and heather obscures many of the stones scattered over the moor. The nature of the location must always be a consideration in studying and comparing styles and variations in different areas of rock art, and here the location and weathering of the examples seems to enhance the overall quality of this bleak environment. dEcorAtEd stonEs Long Meg, Cumbria Barningham Moor, Co. Durham Barningham Moor, Co. Durham Long Meg, CumbriaChris Mansell
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