1051 – carvings and shapes in stone near Lavra

On this Greek site about Mt. Athos I found pictures of these strange “bas-relief” carvings and a round shape cut in mountain stone, in the neighbourhood of Lavra.

Circle
1. circle

Cross
2. cross

Dove_2
3. unknown object (a dove?)

Human_figure_and_beast
4. human figure with animals

Human_figure_with_hart
5. human figure with a hart-shape

Round_shape
6. round shape with Lavra on the background

Surely all the shapes have a religious meaning and it is obvious on picture 2. with a Christian cross, but I am quite puzzeled by the other – primitive – images of men and animals and the unknown shapes. What could they mean and who made them? Who knows more?

Wim, 4/5

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1 Response to 1051 – carvings and shapes in stone near Lavra

  1. On my first visit to Great Lavra, I took a walk with a non-Orthodox German man who had visited more than a dozen times. He went to bring me to the isolated stone cottage where an old Greek man lived — a friend of his. That’s where these petroglyphs are — near his cottage. You missed the best one — in the back garden of the cottage is a wine-stomping press carved out of the stone. He explained that all these features were created by the primitive agrarian society that lived on that peninsula 3,000 years ago. To learn more, see my comments and my photos on this website: http://temp.georgesimmscom.officelive.com/mtathos.aspx

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