I've been meaning to bring this up for some time but never got around to it. I noticed when I was in Egypt that no matter where you were, top or bottom, the lettered hieroglyphics carved out in the stone always looked identical inasmuch that they all looked like they had been burnt out with the same branding iron so to speak and the same depth. It got me thinking of rock art and cup marks, much of which, what I've seen anyway, has this same 'similar' look to it, like it was a prerequesite and carved to a standing template to order. I know you've been to Egypt LS, did you notice that and George, does rock art have this 'set' look to it on many occasions?
Considering the large number of "Atlantic " rock art panels and the limited amount of motifs used , most designs with the exception of single to 3 cup marks tend to be unlike others , whereas hieroglyphs are clearly a non arbitrary formal system .The production is entirely different too , rock art is produced by rock on rock with the surface and markings varying between deep to shallow and smooth to rotten . A better comparison might be with similarly engraved Egyptian rock art rather than hieroglyphics which are much less crude in production or canvas .
Well I had said previously I know precious little of rock art :-). What are all the swirly circular things all about George as they seem to be quite common don't they?
I don't know what any of of it is about ,never mind the swirly things .Roy . 1-3 rings ,usually around cups are fairly frequent , 5 and upwards are much less common , spirals rare in open air RA and much more common in passage engravings .