We were back at Townhead again yesterday looking for one really special carving that is found at the site, but ended up finding two really special carvings. The first one we found is known as panel 3g, or the panel containing the ‘Triskele’, a motif that is not found at any other rock art site in Britain, this alone makes it such a special carving, the quality of the carving, every peck mark still showing, the way you can see how the carver has made the carving, making the ring, making a central cup and then working out from the cup to make the 3 grooves to form the triskele or as some call it the steering wheel. This carving was first found by Kaledon Naddair and his team in 1989, along with most of the unrecorded panels at Townhead, some of the other carvings were found in the same year by Maarten van Hoek. The second really nice carving is known as 3d, this one in more the classic style of carvings, a similar style of motif can be seen at various rock art sites within Britain, but not perhaps as fresh as this one.
Take a look at the pictures, and enjoy….
These and more of the carvings at Townhead can be seen on BRAC & TMA. Please remember this site is on private land, the carvings are all covered apart from Townhead 1, which is open for the public to visit, but special permission was given by the farm owner Mr McCall to visit and record the covered panels. Again enjoy the photographs,and those of you we will see on June 10th have something to look forward to…
Brian & Suzanne