Figure

Bird with a broad neck. Fusiform figure facing left, measuring 12.8 cm in length by 2 cm in width with a maximum between parallels of 4.5 cm. The inclination is 6° east and the orientation 61° relative to north. Technically the depiction is very simple as it could be reduced to only two parallel lines that converge at both extremities, but in reality it is much more complicated. The lines of bill, straight on the left and slightly curved on the right, come together at the distal extremity and ends with a slight concavity before beginning the head which has a convex shape. Behind it there develops the broad neck which continues as two more or less symmetrical lines as far as the edge of the rock surface, where a thin calcite flow slightly covers both incisions. The groove is V-shaped in section, and is very fine (<1 mm) and superficial (<1 mm) and is patinated.

Fig. 2.9. Church Hole Panel VII, the Fig. 2.10. Church Hole Panel VII, the 'birds' 'birds', line drawing

We have shown this panel to various specialists in avifauna (we are grateful to Anne Eastham and Antonio Sanchez Marco for their objective suggestions), and where this figure is concerned there is no unanimity. It is thought that it could be a bittern (Botaurus stellaris) or a heron (Ardea purpurea) from the family of the Ardeidae, or a crane (Grus grus) from the family of the Gruidae.

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