|Rock Art Project|
Help and FAQ
The simple search for panels facility allows users to specify either a single criteria or a combination of criteria so as to retrieve all panel records matching the request.
The first option presented to the user is the option of using the advanced search facility, which allows for a wider range of criteria to be specified in the searches. Alternatively, this page allows records to be search by any single one or combination of the following: Panel name, OS grid reference, Panel type, Image type, or the more powerful General text search. Most categories ought to be self explanatory, but some of them might require clarification.
By Panel name we refer to the name used by our project, or aliases that our project has found to be associated with the panel. It should be mentioned that because of the complexity of the resource (and the number of new panels that our project has discovered), other projects may have called the sites slightly differently (sometimes grouping panels under a single name for example), and even though we have strived to resolve such issues, we cannot guarantee that names will always match.
The OS grid reference is a system of coordinates used in the UK. More information can be obtained from the Ordnance Survey site. Alternatively you can search by Eastings and Northings in the advanced search facility. Any coordinate search also allows the specification of a search radius, which if unspecified is by default set to 2km (1.25 miles).
The Panel type can be either of the following: Art in the landscape - Outcrop, Art in the landscape - Boulder, Ceremonial Monument, Burial Cairn, Portable Reused Stone, or Rock Shelter. Note that panels may be any one or more of these, or sometimes they may not have been identified as a particular panel type at all.
The Image type refers to the type of digital imagery available for the panel in our website. This can be either a photograph, a drawing, or a 3D bubbleworld.
The final option is that of a General text search, which is the most powerful search in the site. This search will look at all the information associated to every panel when searching. It can be either an exact search or a full text search. If an expression is used, such as 'cup and ring', the exact search will return all panel records for which the exact expression appears as such, written exactly in that form. On the other hand, the full text search will look at all panel records that contain, in any order, the individual terms. What's more, it will search for words inside which the terms appear as well. So 'cup and ring' could match something like: 'and in a northerly bearing a panel with cups was visible'. This may retrieve too many results for some searches, in which case narrowing the criteria and avoiding the general search may yield better quality results.
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