He makes the case that these petroglyphs are not the result of a narrow group of artists but the accumulation of art over a vast period of time. Some daggers overlay old ones.
|Nicoletta Bianchi (<2009) via rockartscandinavia|
So here's a question. Why only daggers and cow heads? A similar phenomenon at Stonehenge; hundreds of engraved daggers, that's it.
Here's one possibility put forth by Michael Bott [here], that is that the daggers are indicative of the activity that took place in this location, perhaps dueling in this location, maybe religious combat sport or venationes. Since this place is kind of a hassle to get to, maybe the activity was sanctioned in the backdrop of a holy mountain. Whatever score settling, trial by combat, dueling or contention was settled once and for all? Anyhow, that seems to jive with Huet's accumulation theory.
Unless you can think of another reason?
New Perspectives on the Chronology and Meaning of Mont Bégo Rock Art (Alpes-Maritimes, France)Thomas Huet, 2016. Cambridge Archaeological Journal.
In 1994, H. de Lumley's teams of researchers finished the colossal task—initiated more than 20 years earlier—of recording every pecked rock engraving of Mont Bégo's rock art. The following year, in the book Le grandiose et le sacré, Lumley defined the site as a sacred mountain and attributed rock engravings, considered as ex-votos, to the Early Bronze Age and the Bell Beaker period. However, it is hard to recognize what interpretations can be directly drawn from the data: some exceptional rock engravings are considered as representative of the whole corpus of rock engravings and the most numerous ones are considered as a ‘bruit de fond’ [background noise]. Furthermore, recognition of associations—where rock engravings are contemporaneous and significantly grouped—had been criticised, and the hypothesis that all the rock engravings can be considered as a single archaeological event seems also to be contradicted by studies of superimpositions. We developed a GIS and a comprehensive database, with statistics, to identify specific spatial configurations, seriation effects and, finally, the evolution of the rock art. By going further in the periodization, our aim is to propose some provisional hypotheses about the meaning of Mont Bégo's rock engravings.
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