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Bid to save Pictish cave art from coastal erosion

Archaeologists are hoping to save ancient cave drawings from coastal erosion. Since the 5th century humans have been painting the walls of Wemyss Caves, creating a rich record of Scottish history over the past 1500 years.

Bid to save Pictish cave drawings from coastal erosion
One of the carvings in Sliding Cave [Credit: SCH@RP Blog]
They include the largest collection of Pictish drawings in North West Europe. The seven caves, which expand over a kilometre of the Fife coast, are being slowly destroyed by the sea.

Money has been spent trying to slow the pace of coastal erosion but every year the ocean inches closer to swallowing the paintings.

Bid to save Pictish cave drawings from coastal erosion
Carved horse on the west wall of Jonathan’s Cave [Credit: SCH@RP Blog]
Now archaeologists from St Andrews University have joined forces with a local conservation group to create a digital record of each of the caves.

They want to use 3D laser technology to survey the caves and create a lasting image of them and need to raise £30,000 to do so.

Credit: STV Edinburgh [May 13, 2013]

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