Monday, 20 November 2017

Vinča symbols, Cat's Brain and Cissbury Ring

Jim Leary has written a preliminary article on the findings from Cats Brain - http://www.sarsen.org/2017/11/6000-year-old-monument-offers-glimpse.html - and the engraved chalk plaques are intriguing.


They are very similar to ones found at Cissbury Ring

The first British Neolithic representational art? The chalk engravings at Cissbury flint mine - Anne M. Teather - https://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/teather347

It has been suggested they are connected to Vinča symbols found from the Vinča culture of Central Europe and Southeastern Europe.

2 comments:

  1. They look like nothing less than sharpening stones for an awl made of bone, possibly used for leather.

    Neil

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  2. As I was explaining to Steven Tyler America has many material advantages but it is sorely lacking in Chalk. I am afraid I think it is too soft to sharpen anything on. Another suggestion I have seen for a functional use is to hold threads with a grain of sand before twisting them together. I'm afraid I neither explanation rings true with me, though i would love there to be a simple explanation.

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