Motion ref. S5M-22851
Cochno Stone Comic Brings Prehistoric Rock Art to New Audience
Submitted by: Gil Paterson, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, September 28, 2020
Supported by: Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie, Annabelle Ewing, Alison Johnstone, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Maureen Watt, Sandra White
That the Parliament recognises the continuing work of the archaeologist Dr Kenny Brophy, of the University of Glasgow, to enhance understanding, awareness and the importance of Scotland’s pre-historic rock art sites; notes that this includes the production of the country's first rock art comic book, The Cochno Stone; understands that it was developed as a way to engage school pupils aged from six to 11 years old with their local heritage in a memorable way; acknowledges that it was designed by artist Hannah Sackett and funded by Being Human Festival and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; notes that it tells the story of the Cochno stone from prehistory to the present day with a focus on the eccentric stories told about the stone by the late Ludovic Mann; understands that the comics are used in schools in conjunction with workshop materials, so that the pupils have the chance to design their own comics and eclipse monsters; notes that it has been used in several schools across Central Scotland, and hundreds of children now know the story of the Stone; commends this innovative and creative approach to inspire the next generation of amateur and professional archaeologists.