Digital Photograph by Aron Mazel
(04 June 2003)
Panel image showing North Plantation b
North Plantation b
Note: this applies to the entire panel, which might not be portrayed in its entirety in the image shown above
At the south end it has several motifs that include a cup and groove with three penannulars, two motifs with cups and two penannulars, with traces of a groove away from the cups. A small cup is surrounded by a ring from which a long thin groove leads down the rock.
There are two figures that have cup and groove with one penannular. Three have a cup and penannular; one has a cup and two penannulars. There is a cup and ring. There are random cups over the surface, but there is also a line of six. A large, possibly natural cup lies at the end, and a cup and small arc.
The most interesting feature, however, is where a rectangular piece of outcrop has been removed from the surface, possibly with cup and ring designs. The space left by this removal, a flat base, has been pecked with a pristine cup that has a bending groove leading from it down the stepped rock into the earth, with concentric angular grooves, square with slightly rounded corners around the cup. Every pick mark is visible, as though it had been made yesterday.
What is so important is that this shows that the pecking of the upper and lower surfaces represents a possible difference in time scale, one eroded and the other fresh.
Had a slab been removed from the top surface? For what purpose? A cist? We don't know. It was certainly removed for some purpose in prehistoric times when rock art was in use in both periods. The space created was reused, and resanctified, if this art form had a religious significance.
When considering the time gap it must be remembered that had the lower space been packed at once, this would have afforded it the protection not available to the upper exposed surface.
This removal of rock went on in more recent times.