Falling Rock Signs found in Mauritius
pict. Baeten & De Dier — (1)
pict. Baeten & De Dier — (2)
pict. Baeten & De Dier — (3)
Our first two finds (1, 2) are probably local produce. I don't recall having seen similar
designs elsewhere. The number of boulders puts Mauritius at the high end of the range in our rock statistics
The next sample (3) is clearly based on the Falling Rock Sign of Great-Britain, but
it still is a local version which is not reported from elsewhere.
Example (4), however, is import straight from Great-Britain.
This specific panel was still there when another team member visited the same site 11 years later.
Number (5) was found nearby and shows the same influence. Note that there is one pebble missing and also that all stones are more angular.
Grande Rivière Noire, 03.iv.2011;
pict. A. Klaver — (4)
Grande Rivière Noire, 01.xii.2022;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs — (5)
Bras d'Eau NP, 05.xii.2022;
pict. B. Hoeyberghs — (6)
The last find (6) looks weird. It feels like it is mounted on its side and that it should be rotated to the left.
Just like example (5) it counts one stone less than the British design (4). It is a constellation I haven't seen elsewhere.