domingo, 13 de abril de 2014

New insights on ancient Portuguese horse engraving

Foto: António Martinho Baptista / arte-coa.pt
Archaeologists Professor Dr George Nash and Dr Sara Garcês from the Earth and Memory Institute (ITM) in Central Portugal have been conducting fieldwork within the lower section of the Ocreza Valley for over 4 years. The fieldwork involves the recording of rock art within an 850 m stretch of the valley, at a point where the Ocreza flows into the Tagus River.

     In the recent past, both rivers have been subjected to water levels dictated by the various dams that interfere with seasonal river flow. The team directors, who organise each year a field school devoted to rock art, have since 2011 been recording six panels.  One of these is an Upper Palaeolithic engraving of a horse which was initially discovered in September 2000. Since then it has been the focus for further research.

     The horse is engraved on a smooth angled-surface that forms part of a schist outcrop and appears to be headless. However, a recent tracing exercise in the summer of 2013 revealed that this figure did in fact possess a head. The style of the figure is representative of other engraved Upper Palaeolithic horses found elsewhere within the western part of the Iberian Peninsula.[...] stonepages.com (B&W3)