rock art





Paul W Greenwood

Rock Art

paul w greenwood

Paul left Newcastle upon Tyne, where he had lived for most of his adult life, due to family reasons and moved to Wooler in 2014 and Milfield in north Northumberland in 2015.

He is fortunate to now live in an area rich in another one of his lifelong interests, the Neolithic legacy which remains upon the landscape and in particular the rock art.

Visiting these beautiful and mysterious sites – some with origins older than the Great Pyramid - which are so little known and appreciated by the general public - inspired him to create hand carved rock art both in homage to our distant ancestors and also to raise awareness of this astonishing legacy.

Although the meaning and function of Northumbrian rock art sites is not understood and probably never will be, one thing is certain, designs found at many sites and compared to trans- Atlantic examples at sacred locations in California, USA and Colombia are exact matches.

As well as replicating motifs from some sites, Paul also uses the library symbols to create compositions which he hopes are in keeping with the spirit of this ancient tradition, and just as mesmerising. The fact that ‘cup and ring’ designs (although that far underestimates their complexity) are indeed found all over the world clearly shows that they have an archetypal importance to the human race which can still visually ‘speak’ to us today - if we take the time to look and listen.



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Paul has also contributed images to the books The Sacred Yew (Chetan and Brueton 1994), Yew - A History and Yew (Fred Hageneder 2007 and 2013 respectively) and the websites of the Woodland Trust, Tree Register of Great Britain and Ancient Yew Group (of which he is a co- founder member).

Paul has been researching and raising awareness of the ancient and sacred yew heritage of Britain since 1991 and has an international reputation for the excellence of his research.

In 2004 his work in northern England was featured in the Inside Out series by BBC NE and Cumbria (dubbing him ‘The Yew Detective’) and he has written two Ebooks, A Brief History of Yew- Trees (2013) and William Wordsworth and the Yew Trees of Borrowdale (2014) and co-authored Sacred Yew, the Ancient Roots of Beltingham (2003).

In April 2016 four videos celebrating Britain’s heritage of yew trees for which he also composed, played and recorded the soundtracks, was exhibited at the Ceri Richards Gallery, Taliesyn Arts Centre at Swansea University, Wales in a joint exhibition with painter Jan Fry and ceramicist Val James.