Here’s the Tempus flyer of Barbara and Paul Brown’s new rock art book which will be published in March 2008. Click thumbnail for the original cover.
The book brings together a wealth of information on the rock art of the dales that straddle the ridge of the Northern Pennines. The authors present details of their new discoveries together with an up to date account of the known archaeology of the area in a comprehensive gazetteer of sites and locations. Paul Brown’s three-dimensional illustrations highlight the major panels of rock art in the key northern valleys of seven dales that span the three counties of North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Durham including the charismatic dales of Swaledale and Wensleydale. Rock art, its situation within the prehistoric landscape and relationship to other archaeological features, is clearly discussed.
Paul and Barbara Brown have been researching and studying rock art in Britain over two decades and the landscape of the Northern Dales is familiar home territory. They have contributed a considerable number of important new sites to the archaeological record that are described in detail including Copt Howe in Grt Langdale, Cumbria and the recent discovery of a spiral that had been incorporated within a rock art panel on a former North Yorkshire Moor. The presence of a spiral, the first in these stunning northern Pennine dales highlights the significance of its rock art and reinforces a possible route way from the dales into Cumbria and links with the Passage Grave Art of the west coast and beyond into Ireland.
A totally new and exciting publication, due for release in March 2008.
Furthermore, Paul informed me that:
“In the back of the book is a Gazetteer with all the old and new sites listed in Durham, Cumbria and North Yorkshire, including GPS descriptions etc for up to 400 individual entries. Its been a mammoth task for us updating and logging every rock again from our work that started in this area in 1992.”
Congratulations with yet another achievement good for armchair ánd rucksack! I guess there will be book coupons under the Christmas tree this year.