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In the City Museum at Bristol is a decorated cist-slab from a round barrow
at Pool Farm, West Harptree, Somerset. It has on it six carved feet and
cupmarks Map ref. ST 53745416. Also in PPS vol23 (1958) 231-2.

Something earlier but hey it all has to start somewhere

Bob Clarke


>From: David Petts <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: British archaeology discussion list <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Carved Footprints
>Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 13:43:11 +0100
>
>Continuing on with the queries arising from Easter holiday explorations...
>
>recently I have come across a couple of examples of carvings of footprint
>(or
>more precisely shoeprints) close to churches. At Oddington
>(Gloucestershire)
>there is an example in the church porch, and outside (I think it was)
>Llangynog
>(Powys) there were a whole load carved graffitti like on a table tomb
>outside
>the church door along with carved hand prints. On a recent documentary on
>Channel 4 about Captain Bligh they showed a lead roof in Cumbria on which
>Fletcher Christian had carved round his foot. This and the fact that the
>tomb at
>Llangynog was 18th century, suggests gives a broad date for the practice.
>Do
>these carving have any significance / meaning or is just 'one of those
>things
>they did before the tv'
>
>david
>
>
>
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