Heh! You're preaching to the choir here. I know the coast has shifted, but those strange geological features resulting from the whin sill being exposed to the sea will presumably stretch out to where the old coastline was. The Archaeos reckon that the cairns at Low Hauxley, which are now on the edge of the sea, would have been on a ridge overlooking he coast during the BA. So it stands to reason that things haven't shifted miles and miles.
Maybe there were even stranger rock formations visible then.
Very enjoyable read. Imagine colliding "Head-On" and "Repossessed" with "TMA" and setting it in Sardinia. Stir in football hooligans, rave culture, a "hasty" bowel, car hire, Hillsborough, punishment bumming, pan-dimensional time travel, drinking, an imaginary music scene with full back stories for the characters and bands... and you are kinda getting started.
En-route to this site I had to pull in to let a wide load get past. There was a sign for a cottage at the side of the road which read "Spion Kop". The book is also full of coincidences.
Those are so superb. I was on holiday in that area last year and feel a bit galled not to have seen them! They certainly have a cup and ringish feel. I like the way they look kind of swarmed over the rocks, they're at all different angles. They don't look like they're coming out of the rocks. They look like they've been carved on?
Surely, as you say, there has to be a chance that the carvers of the rock art saw those structures and were inspired by them. Or if not, that the place with the natural structures could have become connected in people's minds with whatever meanings the rock art had.
Those are definitely not everyday structures are they. And surely, as such, they would attract special explanation. (You can see where I'm going here, I know I'm predictable, and yes it may be put down to an overimaginative romantic imagination, you may skip the next bit if you like). But I was rereading an old essay of mine the other day (so very old) and it was about anthropological theories of landscape and sacred sites. It mentioned people engaging perceptually with the landscape they live in and connecting its enduring features to the lives of people who were there before, not to mention the features being clues to supernatural forces. You know, like what on earth could have made such weird things, set in stone? Is it also relevant that the stones are on the edge of two worlds, the land and the sea? Yeah I'm getting carried away. Perhaps no-one ever noticed them etc etc. But I like them.
And they're not so far from the stony folklore of St Cuthbert's beads at lindisfarne. Those are supposed to be the hollow crinoid stems. I don't remember finding any on the beach there. But I found plenty like these, and I liked them better ttps://www.flickr.com/photos/pebblesfromheaven/2474803169/