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HeritageMaps.ie is proud to announce the addition of the Wicklow Rock Art Project (WRAP) to our collection of County Surveys in the Archaeology section of HeritageMaps.ie
HeritageMaps.ie is proud to announce the addition of the Wicklow Rock Art Project (WRAP) to our collection of County Surveys in the Archaeology section of HeritageMaps.ie . This was added last week to coincide with the 'Our Wicklow Heritage: Community Archaeology' event organised by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council.
Open-air rock art is a prehistoric art, carved into living rock surfaces, such as outcrops and boulders, within the landscape. The art is abstract and geometric, consisting of cupmarks, radial lines, and cup-and-ring motifs. This makes it difficult to date, but it is thought that it could date back to the Middle Neolithic, more than 5000 years ago. It is found along the Atlantic coastline of Europe, in northwest Iberia, northern Britain, and in various parts of Ireland, including the Garden of Ireland – County Wicklow. Though the symbolism of this art may elude us, it can provide us with glimpses of how prehistoric peoples interacted with their natural and cultural landscapes.The idea for W.R.A.P. arose from Dr. Clíodhna Ní Lionáin’s doctoral thesis, which examined modern perceptions of prehistoric Irish-Iberian connections.