Archaic Rock Inscriptions; An Account of the Cup & Ring Markings on the Sculptured Stones of the Old and New Worlds

Archaic Rock Inscriptions; An Account of the Cup & Ring Markings on the Sculptured Stones of the Old and New Worlds

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... the rudiments of the art which was destined to produce in later ages such gorgeous piles as the cathedral of Salisbury, and sculptures like those of Wells and York. The parent delights to trace in the prattle of his child the promise of future years; and the archaeologist may be pardoned if tempted at times to linger too fondly on such infantile efforts, in which he recognises the germs of future arts, the first attempts at symbolic prefigurements and rudiments of those representative signs from which have sprung letters and all that followed in their train." The markings on this Annan Stone are in many respects similar to others, but they appear to have certain variations which are not altogether as common. Some are parallel zigzags, some parallel double curves, others are concentric rings, while others again are spiral rings, and some, parallel straight lines. Some thirty years ago, Mr. George Petrie, a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, supplied us with some interesting particulars relative to discoveries at Pickaquay, near Kirkwall, in Orkney, and which show us how far north in the British Isles cup and ring marks occur. He had been visiting the Pict's house in the Holm of Pupa Westray opened by Lieut. Thomas, R.N., in 1849. In his description of the building that gentleman mentioned that " on the side wall near the entrance, and about 6 feet from the floor, there was a neatly engraved circle about 4 inches in diameter; there was also another stone with the appearance of having two small circles touching each other engraved upon it, but," he remarked, " it was so common to find geometrical figures upon the Orkney flags, from a semi-crystalization of the pyrites which they contain, that he was unable to decide whether more

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