Mysterious Rock Carvings Puzzle Researchers

EurekAlert: Experts from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England are studying mysterious markings on sandstone boulders. Dr Aron Mazel, a research associate with the School of Historical Studies for the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, is working with a team of scientists to explain puzzling markings carved into a sandstone boulder. The stone was discovered by a Northumberland farmhand and include spherical and heart shapes, several scores and what appears to be a footprint.

Dr Mazel said: "We have absolutely no idea what they are, as they are nothing like anything we or anybody else we have talked to have seen before. They are not the cup and ring marks which we have been studying as part of the Northumberland prehistoric rock art project - they appear to be more recent than that."

The experts are consulting with English Heritage and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

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