Hi Rock folk,
As a newcomer to this rock-hunting game I hope you will bear with me while I learn the ropes, acquire the terminology and undoubtedly ‘re-state the obvious’. Thanks to Brian and to Jan for inviting me to contribute to this long established group of very knowledgeable people. OK – about 2 weeks ago I visited Roughting Linn for the first time; this was my first ever visit to a Rock Art site – and I am still recovering from the shock of so much beauty, mystery and ancient culture in a single concentrated spot. The waterfall alone was worth the visit – and the Matthewson brothers – who farm at Roughting Linn were friendly and informative – told me much of the history of the early visits by Stan Beckensall and other academics from Newcastle and Durham universities. I spent an hour photographing the well-documented motifs on the main whaleback – which I then matched against Stan Beckensall’s expert drawings of the site. I was able to match all the motifs I photographed -except one – a small 3 inch motif which Jan characterised as ‘looking like a small swastika’. I thought it looked like an animal figure – but the main point is I can’t find it described in any of the various drawings or photos of the site.
The only photos I took that day were of the main rock and a few general ones of Goat Crag ( I could not find the ‘goat pictograms’) – so I am 99% certain this motif was on the main rock. I am going back again to double check.
Does anybody recognise this?