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My son-in-law to be is the gamekeeper of Asquith and some surrounding moors. He recently told me that the local farmer had spotted some idiots driving around the moors in 4 X 4 off road vehicles. Unfortunately they were driving over a large unexcavated Bronze Age site – Snowden Carr.

Anyway, I informed the regional archaeologists, and suggest they may like to come and have a look – this site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and to damage it can bring heavy penalties. I told them I knew the site well and would be going up there myself to see if I could see any damage, but I don’t have a trained eye as I am a photographer and not an archaeologist.

So they asked me if I would send them some photos of the site, before and after the 4 X 4’s had done their work (I have no idea if they showed up or not). So I spent a few hours up there, I saw the tracks the vehicles made, but they were away from the main area. Fortunately nothing seemed amiss – and the farmer has been asked to report any activity to the Police. He has put padlocks on the gate – but they can still get in from the main road if they so desire.

Anyway, it has given me the opportunity to get some decent shots of one of the best prehistoric carvings in the area – the 6000 year old ‘Tree of Life’. I had taken some before, but carvings are extremely difficult to photograph as so much depends on the weather – the ‘wrong’ light can make the carvings difficult to see. Fortunately this day was well lit and my wide angle lens brought out the carvings really well. This is such a stunningly beautiful carving – not just the typical ‘cup and ring’ markings so many are – this must tell a story somehow. It is also one of the least known carvings, so it get almost no visitors.

I had written before about the Tree of Life carving, but these photos are much better that the original ones, so I hope you don’t mind me doing another piece on it. It is just so mysterious and gorgeous.

 

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