Cumbria, with the Lake District at its heart, is one of the richest counties for prehistoric rock art. Sites like Long Meg and her Daughters and Castlerigg stone circle are nationally famous and feature prominently in Stan Beckensall's new book. But the real value of the work is that it records every known rock art site in the county and also covers portable panels that are now to be found in the museums of Tullie House, Carlisle and Penrith. Most of the recent research has been carried out by the author himself, who not only records all these mysterious prehistoric carvings but seeks to explain their significance and emphasises the natural beauty of their settings. Two important and very recently discovered panels, at Patterdale and at Chapel Stile, will be published in detail for the first time in this book. Written from the heart as well as being firmly rooted in original research, this book gives a deep and exciting insight into the county's ancient past.