Britain’s smallest rock art?

Just spotted an interesting rock art-icle in the Megalithic Portal News Bulletin (see Fenstanton Cursus): a very tiny (Britain’s smallest?) example of rock art has been found on a small slab at the bottom of a quarry in Cambridgeshire, reported in the Telegraph last week. Judging from the picture in the report the tiny concentric cup-and-ring motifs measure just a few cms across – about the size of the fingernail of the person holding the slab! Rock art is very scarce in the south of England – there are certainly no recorded examples on outcrops or boulders, and I’m not even aware of any other ‘portable’ examples in Cambridgeshire. The possibility that the pattern has a natural origin (e.g. a fossil) has apparently been ruled out. Christopher Evans from Cambridge University’s Archaeological Unit firmly believes it is nothing more than ‘a doodle’ made by bored Neolithic people with time on their hands…What do you think?

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