Lapse of Memory
April 23rd, 2011
Alexander Gabriel of the wonderful Zefiro publishing house in Sintra Portugal has drawn my attention to this video in HD format. The soundtrack features ‘crotals’ – Bronze Age rattles found in Ireland – and the shots of the Pictish carved stones are fantastic. If you’re lucky enough to have a big screen watch it in that to enjoy the detail!
Tony Partington who created the film writes: “Lapse of Memory” aims to give a new visual perspective on some of the prehistoric sites of Northern Britain. The film combines the photographic techniques of high dynamic range imaging and time-lapse in a panoramic format, and is made up of over 70,000 individual photographs.
The Stones, Oh, the Stones – enigmata within enigmata within eginmata – how my heart longs for them…
For those of us on the other side of the pond, thank you for this. Someday I will cross over and visit all these wonderful places.
This video affected me emotionaly and spirtualy in a very profound way. thank you.
I would like to know where a certain part of the Lapse of Memory was filmed. In one scene there are petroglyphs of several holes in a row with a circle around them then several holes outside of the circle. I live in Hawaii where we have some almost identical petroglyphs. They were called “piko” holes. When a child was born, the naval cord was taken and placed in such a hole in a sacred place and left. If the cord piece was taken, that meant that the child had been accepted by the dieties. If the cord was not taken within the given time the child was killed. To tamper with the cord meant death for the one who touched it. I would like to know the use of the holes in GB and their location so that I can go to see them. Thanks, Niyati
Hi Niyati. They are called cup and ring marks and are found in Scotland. Google cup and ring marks Scotland and you will get plenty of info. The one I think you are thinking of is on a rock outcrop at Ormaig, near Oban. Thought to have been carved 3500-4500 years ago.
Niyati, thanks for your interest in my film. The rock with the carvings you are asking about is the “idol stone” which is on Ilkley moor in West Yorkshire. Some of the others are from Kilmartin Glen in Scotland. The purpose of these carvings is really unkown, and there are different theories that they may be either functional, spiritual or artistic. I was lucky enough to visit Hawaii a few years ago, including some of the ancient sites and its interesting how similar the petroglyphs are to other carvings around the world. Regards, Tony.