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Celtic Labyrinth carvings, Rocky Valley, Tintagel, U.K.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas
Assisted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 50° 40.315 W 004° 43.736
30U E 377831 N 5614767
Quick Description: Rock carvings believed by some to be from the early Bronze Age (1800-1400 BC).
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/24/2014 12:35:03 PM
Waymark Code: WMK0AX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Patudles
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 Celtic Labyrinth carvings, Rocky Valley, Tintagel - posted by SMacB

Long Description:
Rock carvings discovered in 1948 are believed by some to be from the early Bronze Age (1800-1400 BC).

The labyrinth is a symbol of the spiritual journey to the center...an outward sign of an inward journey. These two prominent finger labyrinths are carved on a rock wall standing next to the ruins of a water mill. It is believed that this carving might mark the path of pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Nechtan.

Finger labyrinths, known as Troy Stones, are a magical tool which, in Celtic times, were passed down from woman to woman...generation to generation. It is said to be able to unlock the door to the Otherworld. The women used them by tracing their fingers along the labyrinth while humming a chant or a particular tune until they began to drift off into an altered state of consciousness. It was at this time that they could safely enter into the Otherworld.

Modern scholars believe that, as the labyrinths were carved on a quarried wall with a metal tool, they are likely to be less than three hundred years old. In 2005 it was claimed that another carving can be seen, much fainter than the first two, leading to speculation that the two well-defined carvings are copies of ones that are much earlier: this has yet to be proved. The jury is still out....you decide...
Type of Pictograph: Petroglyph

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