5 June 2021

British Rock Art Group 2021: Engaging with British and Irish rock art

Join us for the 2021 British Rock Art Group (BRAG) online mini-conference.

British and Irish Neolithic and Early Bronze Age rock art dates to between around 6,000 and 3,800 years ago. It is unusual in global rock art with its exclusive emphasis on geometric patterns, such as cup-marks and cup and ring motifs. Although its ancientness has been recognised for centuries, it has only been the subject of sustained research during the last 30 years.

This year’s virtual mini-BRAG conference will highlight some of this research.

The mini-conference will cover a range of topics: from identifying the individual carver in rock art to analysing thousands of panels by Scotland’s Rock Art Project.

In addition, speakers will address ‘decorated’ prehistoric landscapes, the rock art of Rombalds Moor (West Yorkshire) with specific focus on Rivock, and the role of folklore in rock art conservation in Ireland. There will also be a presentation about Signature Stone in Poulnagollum Cave (County Clare, Ireland), where an inscription from 1880 records earliest known descent of the cave.

Topics and speakers include

  • Identifying the Individual in rock art – individual and idiosyncratic carving styles – Aoibheann Lambe
  • Signatures on Stone – Linda Wilson
  • Blurred lines and grey areas: imitation, incorporation, and elaboration of the ‘decorated’ prehistoric landscapes of the British Isles – Kate Sharpe
  • Scotland’s Rock Art Project: Current results from multiscalar data analysis of Atlantic Rock Art – Joana Valdez-Tullett, Linda Marie Bjerketvedt, Tertia Barnett, Stuart Jeffrey & Guillaume Robin
  • The rock-art of Rombalds Moor, West Yorkshire: Some unexpected findings at Rivock – Vivien Deacon
  • The Role of Folklore in Rock Art Conservation – Clare Busher O’ Sullivan

How to take part

Due to COVID-19, this lecture will take place over Zoom.

Book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive.

Bookings close at 11am on Friday 4 June.

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