Read on to learn more about the region. Pictographs are made by painting on rock surfaces. The term is used as a marketing tool to sell and promote the West Midlands region to the west of Birmingham. Clan symbols might be used in similar ways. Other authors, from Charles Dickens to William Shenstone refer to the intensity of manufacturing in the Black Country and its effect on the landscape and its people.
That evening, several of the plotters were injured by an accidental explosion which occurred while they were drying powder in front of an open fire. Or they may record partial histories of entire villages or peoples. If either pigments or binder contain carbon, they may possibly give a basis for radiocarbon dating. For other kinds of rock art, we may not be so lucky.
The Black Country played its part in the Gunpowder plot. We may have to use a very wide range of techniques of analysis, to gain partial clues from each, until many clues point in the same direction. Petroglyphs are made by removing the outer dark surface of rocks, called rock varnish or patina, to reveal the lighter rock underneath. Dusk view from Beacon Hill, Sedgley Between this evening and morning of the following day, several members of the group fled, while others still tried to rally support from the surrounding area. Simply because a symbol looks like something to us, it may not have looked at all like that for the people who created the rock art using it.
Rock art, whether shields, large human-like figures, or even mere handprints, may have been used mark territory, homes, food storage, or other things. Rock Art, as we use the term here, refers mostly to pictures or symbols left on rock surfaces by members of traditional cultures. But this works only roughly, because surfaces exposed in different directions and to different weather will form patina at different rates. But there are difficulties with each step in collecting this kind of evidence.
It's said that the Black Country gained its name in the mid-nineteenth century from the smoke from the many thousands of ironworking foundries and forges. The relative darkness of petroglyphs on a single rock surface may give their relative dates. But this also has limits, because of organic contamination, and because we do not wish to destroy painted rock art to date it. Both ledger books and the related rock art often recorded biographies of individuals, their accomplishments, victories in battle, and other events. Roughly, we can say that darker petroglyphs are older, because they have been exposed longer to formation of patina.
These modern interpretations can be useful to those who engage in them, even giving great pleasure and serenity. After several attempts to have the conspirators surrender, a skirmish developed. It is created by bacteria living on the rock and attaching clay particles to the rock. So there can be something close to history here. But patina takes a long time to form.
Then we may have something like the oldest histories in the world. Which occur in particular kinds of locations residential vs. Stone is not directly datable in the time frame of human history. Evidence will often be indirect, fragmentary, and even seemingly contradictory. In that same ground there may be charcoal from a hearth or other organic materials permitting radiocarbon dating.