Archaic Rock Inscriptions: An Account of the Cup & Ring Markings of the Sculptured Stones of the Old and New Worlds

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Page 67 - These are on a block of limestone, and in the course of the twenty-five past years have been nearly destroyed by the hand of man. What is left was taken by a tracing of the size of nature. On the surface of a quarry of grindstone grit at Independence, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, a large inscribed surface was uncovered in 1854. Mr. B.
Page 48 - Odin was sworn by persons joining their hands through the hole in this ring stone, and that an oath so taken, although by Christians, was deemed solemn and binding. This ceremony was held so very sacred in those times, that the person who dared to break the engagement made there was accounted infamous and excluded from society.4 Principal Gordon, in his 'Journey to the Orkney Islands...
Page 68 - Kerr, of North Carolina, states that he has noticed similar characters cut in the rocks of one of the passes of the Black Mountains, at the head of the Tennessee River. These facts indicate wide-spread universality in the use of this style of inscription, and it indicates something higher than the present symbolical, or picture writing, of the North American Indians.
Page 52 - M ; there is a U like character ; forms like hatchets with handles, and one the rude outline of a horned quadruped. But while having analogies to the Cuddy's Cove figures, none of them belong to the same group as the typical concentric circles of Northumberland. Mr. Ferguson regards them, however, as of great antiquity. ' The singular taste,' he says, ' and the barbaric aspect of the objects, appear to the writer to refer them to a race having more of the characteristics of the Indian and Polynesian...
Page 59 - Humboldt and others in more recent times. It is well known that the drawings of Erere, and those of Obidos, about to be described, existed more than two hundred years ago. There can be no doubt that they antedate the civilization of the Amazonas, and there is a strong probability that some of them, at least, were drawn before the discovery of America.* I hold it most probable that the rock paintings and sculpturings were made by tribes which inhabited the Amazonas previous to the Tupi invasion. The...
Page 45 - ... which form its upright pillars are fully as large as those found at New Grange, and several of them are carved like those which we have already described in that place. Many of the carvings, however, at Dowth, which present great beauty of design, differ somewhat from those at New Grange. We find here, in addition to those already figured, a number of wheellike ornaments and concentric circles, and others with lines radiating from a point ; while some very much resemble the Ogham character, consisting...
Page 12 - Brumby. foreign words and metaphors. I therefore give a faithful version of it, in order that, by translating their recital almost word for word, the majesty of the language may exhibit the majestic achievements and the heroism of the English nation.

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