Photogrammetry of the rock art site at Ketley Crag, Northumberland

Ketley Crag is an extraordinary rock art site near Wooler. The complex motifs were incised upon the floor of an overhanging rock shelter. I remember visiting this site for the first time in the early 1990s with Stan Beckensall and Richard Bradley, and being struck by its unusual qualities. At the time we discussed lots of possibilities, including whether the site may been a location from which Neolithic people observed the migration routes of animals like red deer.

This remains a possibility, but we also need to consider the wider meanings of these carvings, including the possibility that they reflected more abstract perceptions of the rock surface and the wider landscape.

Above: Photogrammetric model of the rock shelter at Ketley Crag. Please click on the button to navigate (Model: Aaron Watson, captured 2017)

 

Above: Photogrammetric model of rock art at Ketley Crag, without photographic texture. Please click on the button to navigate (Model: Aaron Watson, captured 2017)