I joined Mr Fitz and Tom ‘Fourwinds’ for the ‘Materialitas’ conference in Dublin last weekend, where the theme was the Materiality of Stone.
The 16 speakers gave some very interesting talks, but perhaps the most relevant to the RAblog was the recent work by Andy Jones and Blaze O’Connor at the Torbhlaren rock art site in Argyll.
(GeorgeC hinted that this would be of interest and he was right).
Excavation around the outcrop uncovered the post holes of a small structure, plus other features including a cobbled platform against the outcrop. Long buried motifs were also uncovered on the outcrop itself, plus quantities of worked quartz were found, some being located in crevices in the rock. Charred wood from the postholes might provide a date for the activity at this rock art site. The platform and deposits in crevices also have similarities with some Scandinavian rock art sites.
More work is planned apparently so this is one to watch out for.
……….Oh and we had a few Guinness 🙂