Making Time, Timing Art: Image and Process in Neolithic Britain and Ireland
Andrew Meirion Jones [+]
University of Southampton
Marta Diaz-Guardamino [+]
The visual imagery of Neolithic Britain and Ireland is spectacular. While the imagery of Irish passage tombs is well known the rich imagery on decorated portable artefacts is less well understood. How does the visual imagery found on decorated portable artefacts compare with other Neolithic imagery, such as passage tomb art and rock art? This paper reports on the early stages of the 'Making a Mark' project (running from 2013-2018) which uses cutting edge digital imaging techniques, including Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and structure-from-motion-photogrammetry, to examine Neolithic portable decorated artefacts of chalk, stone and antler from southern and eastern England. Digital analysis revealed - for the first time - the existence of practices of erasure and reworking. These practices are compared with the evidence from passage tombs and rock art.