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Rock Art at Boheh (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)
Rock Art at Boheh (Photo: Ballintubber Abbey Trust)
The carving of symbols on some exposed rock surfaces may have been a way to impart special significance to a particular landscape. The distribution of rock art may or may not reflect settlement patterns but they were not located haphazardly (Bradley, 1995). Rock art is found in several locations in Ireland and is thought to be part of a wider western Atlantic style (Waddell, 1998). Dating is suggested at between 3000 and 2000 BC (Bradley, 1995). A striking feature of the Boheh stone is that decoration is to be found on all surfaces at different levels (van Hoek, 1993). These mainly take the form of cup and ring motifs". Other designs include keyhole and cross motifs (Morahan, 2001).
The purpose of this site has stimulated lively debate, with opinions varying from being the signposts for early prospectors seeking to exploit the precious minerals, like gold, to it being a solar alignment dividing the year into three parts for the purpose of agricultural cultivation (Bracken, Wayman, 1992). The idea of location as the prime catalyst for the carvings at Boheh is examined against another theory that it is the entire artistic composition that is important to decipher and understand in order to gain a better insight into the lives of the people who carved them (van Hoek, !993). There can be no doubt that this is landscape architecture of a high order that links the monument and the people who carved them to the landscape in a way that occurs almost in no other medium (Bradley, 1995).
Via the Tóchar Phádraig
- Bracken,G.G.& Wayman, P.A. 1992, A Neolithic or Bronze-age Alignment for Croagh Patrick, Cathair Na Mart, Vol 12, Westport, p.1-11
- Bradley, R. 1995, After MacWhite: Irish Rock Art in its International Context, in Ireland in the Bronze Age, Proceedings of the Dublin Conference April 1995, (eds) Waddell, J, Shee Twohig, E, Stationery Office, Dublin, pp 91, 95, 96
- Morahan, L. 2001 Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo archaeology, landscape and people, Croagh Patrick Archaeological Committee, Mayo, pp 28-29
- Van Hoek, M. 1995, The Keyhole-Pattern in the Prehistoric Rock Art of Ireland and Britain, Co. Mayo, Cathair Na Mart, Vol 13, Westport, p.15, 24
- Van Hoek, M. 1993, The Prehistoric Rock Art of the Boheh Stone, Co. Mayo, Cathair Na Mart, Vol 13, Westport, p.1-15
- Waddell, J. 1998, The Prehistoric Archaeology of Ireland, Galway, pp 167-168
- RCAHMS, 1999, Kilmartin, Prehistoric & Early Historic Monuments, An inventory of the monuments extracted from Argyll, Vol. 6, Scotland, p.8
Check out the following sections of the website for related information:
Mayo Sites and Artefacts
1. Mayo Abbey
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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