Mysterious… when we know little, when we confront an unknown. Often I become skeptical when a sentence or a title begins with mysterious. Yet it is the word that emerges when I discovered this spring these two images as happenstance from separate threads of my research. How can this be, I thought as I looked, then studied the designs.
The first - a sketch of a sloping rock on the edge of river gorge in central India by Mr. Rivett-Carnac, an officer of Britain’s Bengal Civil Service. The drawing was one aspect of his investigations and published in the 1877. The second - a photograph I recorded in April during a journey in the Owyhee River Canyon in eastern Oregon.
The stone in India has 291 cup-marks, two of which have circles, arrayed in near vertical and slightly curving parallels. The Owyhee boulder has similar number of cup-mark pits, similarly arrayed. It has one cup-pit with a circle. It is striking that these complex arrays are each distinctive from other design-clusters among the thousands I have viewed and studied. Yet exhibit a powerful resonance with each other.
To see a large version, click on the image below, you arrive at the Cup-Dot-Pit page, then zoom in. May you enjoy the mystery! (Noting, these two images are for visual comparison and are not to scale.) Your Comment – and insight – is welcome; please use the above tab.