Neolithic carvings may show human eyes and eyebrows

Published on September 18th, 2009 | by Admin


A burial mound on an Orkney island may contain carvings showing human eyes and eyebrows.

Richard Strachan, senior archaeologist with the Historic Scotland cultural resources team, said: “Initial comparisons do show a similarity in use of this eyebrow motif and may point to the possibility that the markings in the cairn are meant to show human eyebrows and eyes, as the style is very similar to the figurine.

“Alternatively, we may be seeing the re-use of a motif familiar to the carver and applied to different contexts with different meaning.

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