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Re: How is Rock Art aged?
Dec 16, 2012, 14:03
Harryshill wrote:
It's possible then that they evolved to more complex patterns and then slowly (or not) reverted to a simpler style..

Isn't that what happened with arrow heads.. crude, building up to complex and then back to crude again.

Some of the most complex engravings are early e.g passage grave "art " , whilst much later in the Bronze Age you find funerary contexts with simple cup marks . Both styles would have been achievable to the engravers at any one time ,why one was chosen for a particular circumstance is the problem . It's worth mentioning that the more complex engravings tend to be found in less obvious /accessible situations e.g. passage graves , funerary contexts and when in the open air more likely to be on less conspicuous rocks e.g. flush with the ground bedrock , rather than prominent boulders .
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