Yesterday was the Summer Solstice so here’s a quick update to celebrate (though I’m still in Germany on an excavation)
Stonehenge on summer solstice, with the sun rising behind the slaughter stone in the middle distance, seen from the four standing rocks in the foreground.
Excuse the radio silence, two of us are away on fieldwork in Germany
One of the most exquisite examples of Style I animal art is a silver-gilt square-headed brooch from a female grave on the Isle of Wight. Its surface is covered with at least 24 different beasts: a mix of birds’ heads, human masks, animals and hybrids. Some of them are quite clear, like the faces in the circular lobes projecting from the bottom of the brooch. Others are harder to spot, such as the faces in profile that only emerge when the brooch is turned upside-down. Some of the images can be read in multiple ways, and this ambiguity is central to Style I art.