Archaic Rock Inscriptions: An Account of the Cup & Ring Markings of the Sculptured Stones of the Old and New Worlds, Volume 5

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A. Reader, 1891 - Inscriptions - 99 pages
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Page 69 - ... bird-track character inscribed upon the rocks of Arizona. Professor 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 32 - Pagan nations we must expect that their religion would consist of two great elements, viz., the spiritual and the sensual; and, therefore, I was not surprised to find amongst these carvings what may possibly be emblems of Priapian import. With regard to letters, I find what I believe are short Oghamic inscriptions; and this is a point the determination of which is of the utmost importance, for up to the present the Ogham letter has been regarded as early Christian, while its occurrence here proves...
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.
Page 43 - ... at New Grange and Dowth are as a rule spirals, without the central hollow or intersecting channel, and are associated with fern-leaf patterns, and also with lozenge, zigzag and chevron-like markings, which are analogous to the ornamentation of the fictile sepulchral vessels occurring in these islands, generally supposed to be Celtic, and the massive penannular rings and flat lunulae of fine gold, so many examples of which have been found in Ireland.
Page 85 - ... the rest as denoting the sun or moon, or two such symbols denoting both these bodies. One might also expect to see some delineation, even by the rudest hand, of the phases of the moon. We look in vain for these indications of an astronomical reference in the groups of lines and circles figured.

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