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Rock Art

Site Number
SMR Mayo 097 00601

National Grid Reference
097500 East
278670 North

Map ( 1:50000)
Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series 38

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Rock Art at Boheh (Photo: Christiaan Corlett)


Rock Art at Boheh (Photo: Ballintubber Abbey Trust)

The carving of symbols on some exposed rock surfaces may have been a way to impart special significance to a particular landscape. The distribution of rock art may or may not reflect settlement patterns but they were not located haphazardly (Bradley, 1995). Rock art is found in several locations in Ireland and is thought to be part of a wider western Atlantic style (Waddell, 1998). Dating is suggested at between 3000 and 2000 BC (Bradley, 1995). A striking feature of the Boheh stone is that decoration is to be found on all surfaces at different levels (van Hoek, 1993). These mainly take the form of cup and ring motifs". Other designs include keyhole and cross motifs (Morahan, 2001).

The purpose of this site has stimulated lively debate, with opinions varying from being the signposts for early prospectors seeking to exploit the precious minerals, like gold, to it being a solar alignment dividing the year into three parts for the purpose of agricultural cultivation (Bracken, Wayman, 1992). The idea of location as the prime catalyst for the carvings at Boheh is examined against another theory that it is the entire artistic composition that is important to decipher and understand in order to gain a better insight into the lives of the people who carved them (van Hoek, !993). There can be no doubt that this is landscape architecture of a high order that links the monument and the people who carved them to the landscape in a way that occurs almost in no other medium (Bradley, 1995).

Excavation Details
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Mayo Sites and Artefacts

1. Mayo Abbey
2. Balla
3. Ballintubber Abbey
4. Tóchar Phadraig
5. Aghagower
6. Lankhill
7. Boheh
8. Croagh Patrick Summit
9. Carrownalurgan
10. Ardoley
11. Kiladangan
12. Glaspatrick
13. Shrawee
14. Clare Island - Strake
15. Clare Island - Lecarrow
16. Caher Island
17. Durless

18. Carrowmore
19. Knappaghmanagh
20. Cushalogurt
21. Carrowkeel Ecclesiastical Remains
22. Thornhill
23. Carrowkeel Murrisk
24. Carrowkeel Cahernaran
25. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-1
26. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-2
27. Carrowmacloughlin Cairn-3
28. Carrowmacloughlin/ Glencally/ Teevenacroaghy
29. Carrowmacloughlin Sweathouses
30. Glaspatrick Holy Well

31. Glaspatrick Rath-1
32. Glaspatrick Early Ecclesiastical Remains
33. Glaspatrick Ringfort
34. Glaspatrick Rath-2
35. Glaspatrick Ecclesiatical Remains
36. Glaspatrick Altar
38. Glaspatrick Graveyard
39. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-1
40. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-2
41. Murrisk Demesne Standing Stone-3
42. Teevenacroaghy

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