Stone In A School

15 Apr

Cockett Valley stone

After the rain lifted this morning I was out with archaeologist Dewi Bowen and film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting Welsh megaliths. We stayed close to home and started out by visiting the local Dylan Thomas comprehensive school, where there is a fine Bronze Age standing stone, the Cockett Valley stone, at the far end of the playing fields. It wasn’t discovered until the end of the 1970s, when the land was being cleared for the playing fields and the stone was found under many generations growth of brambles. Staff at the school kindly provided cups of coffee before showing us to the stone. This particular monument is featured in Dewi’s first book, “Ancient Siluria, Its Stones And Ceremonial Sites” published by Llanerch Press (here).

I drew with carbon, white conte crayon and Daler Rowney soft oil pastels onto Fabriano paper that I had prepared in advance with my own home-made walnut ink. If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

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  1. The School Stone Redrawn | scribblah - June 23, 2016

    […] by sponging lightly with a sepia wash. It’s a beautiful paper with deckled edges. This is the Cockett Valley Stone, found on the playing fields of a local comprehensive […]

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