NS4859 : New rock art on the Fereneze Hills

taken 4 years ago, near to Gateside, East Renfrewshire, Great Britain

New rock art on the Fereneze Hills
New rock art on the Fereneze Hills
I am grateful to an email correspondent for bringing this panel to my attention in 2015; the present picture was taken about six months later, when I first had the opportunity to pass through the area. I had hoped that I would come across this rock, so that I could examine it for myself.

Judging by what appeared to me (in photographs) to be very freshly-cut grooves, with crisp, unweathered edges, I was of the opinion that this rock art was made only recently, perhaps using power tools. My examination of the surface on the day I took this picture made me certain that this artwork is recent: see NS4859 : Fereneze Braes: rock art detail.

In light of the above, it does seem odd that, when it was reported in mid-2015, this panel was considered a "spectacular new rock art discovery": see LinkExternal link (at WoSAS) for the details. It is perhaps worth adding that the pictures on the WoSAS page show the rock surface when it was very wet; this would have made the difference in colour between the freshly-exposed and the weathered surfaces less obvious, and it would also have made the edges appear less crisp.

I was fortunate enough to examine the dry surface, only minutes before both it and I were subjected to a hail shower.

(I should add that no criticism of those who reported this panel is intended; reporting it was the right thing to do: if in doubt about a possible archaeological feature, submit a report, so that the object can be properly assessed.)

Fakery aside, the art in this panel does at least provide a point of interest on the walk. For further context, see NS4859 : Junction of paths, which shows the position of this panel in relation to a NS4859 : Path to Killoch Glen.

For a closer look at the panel itself, see NS4859 : New rock art on the Fereneze Hills.

There are some comments on this panel at LinkExternal link (at The Modern Antiquarian), and some of the pictures on that page are close-up details of it (one of the pictures is a context view, similar to my own NS4859 : Junction of paths; the details taken from this panel are the two pictures just before that context view, and the two that are just after it).
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Date Taken
Monday, 2 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 16 May, 2016
Geographical Context
Paths  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
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21st Century 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4802 5921 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:48.1317N 4:25.5738W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4803 5921
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