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About This Image:

I love the opportunity to visit ancient sites like the one in this print. I am very much a combination armchair historian and archaeologist. There’s something about ancient sites like this that stir my imagination. And some of the most ancient monuments can be found dotting the British countryside, like the one pictured here, Clava Cairn or Balnuaran of Clava.

These standing stones and cairns near Inverness are literally prehistoric. They were built when tools were made of stone (hence stone-age) and there’s no written record to tell us what the people who built them believed or thought. These places are on a par with the age of the pyramids but without a written record to explain their purpose. And honestly, I’m not sure they’d stir my imagination quite as much if the mystery was entirely stripped away.. You know?

I don’t know a lot of details about the cairn and standing stones at Balnuaran of Clava. I’ve discovered a few descriptions of this Scottish Highlands site online but nothing particularly concrete. It seems likely that the cairns were chamber tombs of some description. And the standing stones in this print probably served a similar but unknown purpose as the ones at more well-known ancient sites like Stonehenge and Avebury.

I always feel a palpable sense of mystery and at the same time a small connection across the ages with those ancient people when I visit these places. And in the beautiful sunlight on that winter morning in Scotland, I really felt that sense of communing with the ancients here. And I think that connection translates into my prints of these amazing ancient landscapes.

Have you been to Balnuaran of Clava at some point while traveling in Scotland? Or perhaps this print strikes your fancy simply because you have the same fascination as I do with ancient cultures?

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