Rock Art

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NOTE These pages are ‘under construction’.
The Cavan Burren is unique as there is not only an abundance of rock art in a small area but it is probably the only rock art in the Atlantic fringe which is to be found within an integrated landscape of settlement features and associated boulder monuments. This is the very thing that rock art specialists have found to be missing elsewhere. There is more… In addition to the rock art there is a newly discovered range of boulder monument types and a form of rock art, sculptings, also previously unknown to archaeologists.

Rock art is recorded here at 25 new sites plus an additional 85 ‘sculpting’ rock art sites, all previously unrecorded. The table below shows 8 main categories of motifs – one of the most significant is the numerous examples of rosettes.

Sculptings is a form of rock art previously unknown to archaeologists. These can be verified by a variety of robust methods – evidence boulders, significant boulders, comparative evidence and finally by the vast number of examples occurring in complex combinations including their presence on boulder monuments. Nowhere else in Europe is there such a density of these examples. Yet their can be no doubt that they are to be found throughout – but as yet nobody is looking!

The following are just some representative examples, of sculptings, out of the 80 plus in this area. See PB45-PB48 for the main geologically validated examples.

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Burren rock art map

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BG2 cups and rings

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Burren rock art motifs

Note: rosettes common in this area

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BG3 rosettes

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BG5 pennanular ring

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709 is a boulder with a complex of rock art – cup and rings and rosettes. These have been carved on a fresh face. It is interesting geologically that that the carving was across bedding planes and the subsequent weathering, on the sandstone, although noticeable, has not significantly reduced the motifs a useful guideline when comparing other carvings on similar rock types.
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709a rock art

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709a rock art

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PB23 is an evidence boulder as it has been split and both slabs remain in situ. There is a complex range of rock art on the main section, including rosettes, cups and rings. The other section has been deliberately propped and has sculptings. The two sections when refitted using 3D manipulation techniques clearly display worked sections on one face with corresponding section unworked. The refitting also reveals a recently identified sculpting feature type – ‘rounded corners’.

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PB23 rock art

Note:rosettes

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PB23 rock art

Note:rosettes

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Boulder Grave rock art

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Boulder Grave Ring Mark 1.jpg

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711 cups on underside

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Giant’s Leap Wedge Tomb rock art

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GL cups.jpg

Throughout the Burren-Marlbank area numerous examples of cups and rings occur.
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Legnabrocky

LYRM1.jpg

Note Multiple cups on curved surface

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Legnabrocky

LYRM2.jpg

Note Multiple cups on sloping surface

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Killykeeghan

KKRM2.jpg

Note Multiple cups on curved surface

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Clyhannagh

Clrm 3D BB.jpg

Note Multiple cups and rings

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Aghatirourke

AghRM1a 3D BB.jpg

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Burren

PB150 3D grab.jpg

Note Multiple cups on curved surface

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The Cavan Burren is unique as there is not only an abundance of rock art in a small area but it is probably the only rock art in the Atlantic fringe which is to be found within an integrated landscape of settlement features and associated boulder monuments. This is the very thing that rock art specialists have found to be missing elsewhere. There is more… In addition to the rock art there is a newly discovered range of boulder monument types and a form of rock art, sculptings, also previously unknown to archaeologists.

Rock art is recorded here at 25 new sites plus an additional 85 ‘sculpting’ rock art sites, all previously unrecorded. The table below shows 8 main categories of motifs – one of the most significant is the numerous examples of rosettes.

Sculptings is a form of rock art previously unknown to archaeologists. These can be verified by a variety of robust methods – evidence boulders, significant boulders, comparative evidence and finally by the vast number of examples occurring in complex combinations including their presence on boulder monuments. Nowhere else in Europe is there such a density of these examples. Yet their can be no doubt that they are to be found throughout – but as yet nobody is looking!

The following are just some representative examples, of sculptings, out of the 80 plus in this area. See PB45-PB48 for the main geologically validated examples.

/Users/gabrielburns14/Documents/PB45 Website/Burren Rock art map.jpg

Burren rock art map

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Burren Rock art map.jpg

PB45%20Website/BG3%20cup%20and%20ring%20.jpg

BG2 cups and rings

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BG2 cup and ring .jpg

PB45%20Website/Motifs%20in%20this%20area.jpg

Burren rock art motifs

Note: rosettes common in this area

Motifs in this area.jpg

PB45%20Website/BG2%20rosettes.jpg

BG3 rosettes

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BG3 rosettes.jpg

PB45%20Website/BG5.jpg

BG5 pennanular ring

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BG5.jpg

709 is a boulder with a complex of rock art – cup and rings and rosettes. These have been carved on a fresh face. It is interesting geologically that that the carving was across bedding planes and the subsequent weathering, on the sandstone, although noticeable, has not significantly reduced the motifs a useful guideline when comparing other carvings on similar rock types.
PB45%20Website/709%203D%20grab.jpg

709a rock art

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709 3D grab.jpg

PB45%20Website/709.jpg

709a rock art

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709.jpg

PB23 is an evidence boulder as it has been split and both slabs remain in situ. There is a complex range of rock art on the main section, including rosettes, cups and rings. The other section has been deliberately propped and has sculptings. The two sections when refitted using 3D manipulation techniques clearly display worked sections on one face with corresponding section unworked. The refitting also reveals a recently identified sculpting feature type – ‘rounded corners’.

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PB23 rock art

Note:rosettes

PB23 3D.jpg

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PB23 rock art

Note:rosettes

PB23 aerial.jpg

PB45%20Website/Boulder%20Grave%20Ring%20Mark%201.jpg

Boulder Grave rock art

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Boulder Grave Ring Mark 1.jpg

PB45%20Website/711%20Underside-Cups%20-%2075.jpg

711 cups on underside

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711 Underside-Cups – 75.jpg

PB45%20Website/GL%20cups.jpg

Giant’s Leap Wedge Tomb rock art

Note:

GL cups.jpg

Throughout the Burren-Marlbank area numerous examples of cups and rings occur.
/Volumes/Buffalo 1Tb/PB45 Website/LYRM1.jpg

Legnabrocky

LYRM1.jpg

Note Multiple cups on curved surface

/Volumes/Buffalo 1Tb/PB45 Website/LYRM2.jpg

Legnabrocky

LYRM2.jpg

Note Multiple cups on sloping surface

/Volumes/Buffalo 1Tb/PB45 Website/KKRM2.jpg

Killykeeghan

KKRM2.jpg

Note Multiple cups on curved surface

/Volumes/Buffalo 1Tb/PB45 Website/Clrm 3D BB.jpg

Clyhannagh

Clrm 3D BB.jpg

Note Multiple cups and rings

/Volumes/Buffalo 1Tb/PB45 Website/AghRM1a 3D BB.jpg

Aghatirourke

AghRM1a 3D BB.jpg

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Burren

PB150 3D grab.jpg

Note Multiple cups on curved surface