As part of a project with Historic Environment Scotland and the Kilmartin Museum, Forestry and Land Scotland’s archaeological team have worked to produce a substantial and comprehensive learning resource about Scotland’s neolithic rock art.
Scotland’s Neolithic rock art comprises an outdoor gallery several thousand years old, part of a shared cultural heritage that can be found all along the Atlantic coastline of Europe.
Using an inspirational blend of techniques, the team have drawn on the work of leading archaeologists and rock art researchers to describe a time and tradition far removed from today. The comprehensive resource is designed to provide knowledge and ideas for teachers and practitioners to pass on to their learners. A fresh take on a fascinating subject, this resource will be of interest to teachers, archaeological educators and anyone with an interest in the presentation and interpretation of our ancient past.
Like rings around a cupmark, the archaeology of Atlantic rock art is made of layers of evidence, analysis and interpretation. Each needs the others to make sense of the whole. Using advanced digital techniques the team were able to properly study and record rock art from several Scottish locations to enhance our understanding of this period in time.
By studying and thinking about how rock art connects both within itself and with the natural world, we can explore the cultural ideas and meanings behind the abstract motifs and beautiful designs.