School of History, Classics and Archaeology


Northumberland Rock Art: Web Access to the Beckensall Archive

This project’s aim was to make the Beckensall archive on Northumberland rock art widely available on the Internet.

This site provides access to Stan Beckenstall’s remarkable archive of images dedicated to this equally remarkable collection of prehistoric sites – the Neolithic and Bronze Age rock carving of Northumberland.

There are also interactive components, including more than 40 panoramic virtual reality views of sites.

The project has created a user-friendly, well-structured and attractive web interface of general value for recording, representing and researching rock art.

The website is supported by a database, to facilitate:

of the archive and ensure its maximum usefulness for a diversity of end-users, including:

There are more than 6,000 images of rock art panels, which can be searched in a number of ways, including important information on the accessibility of these sites to those of restricted mobility.

The 2006 the website was awarded a British Archaeological Award in the Channel Four Television Awards ICT Category.