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Cup marked rock and cairn near path 775m ESE of Blackhill House, Middleton Moor

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Cup marked rock and cairn near path 775m ESE of Blackhill House, Middleton Moor

List entry Number: 1014162

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Nesfield with Langbar

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 08-May-1996

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 28004

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Prehistoric rock carving is found on natural boulders and rock outcrops in many areas of upland Britain. It is especially common in the north of England in Northumberland, Durham, and North and West Yorkshire. The most common form of decoration is the `cup' marking, where small cup-like hollows are worked into the surface of the rock. These cups may be surrounded by one or more `rings'. Single pecked lines extending from the cup through the rings may also exist, providing the design with a `tail'. Other shapes and patterns also occur but are less frequent. Carvings may occur singly, in small groups, or may cover extensive areas of rock surface. They date to the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age periods (2800-c.500 BC) and provide one our most important insights into prehistoric `art'. The exact meaning of the designs remains unknown, but they may be interpreted as sacred or religious symbols. All positively identified prehistoric rock carvings sites will normally be identified as nationally important. This monument includes a carved rock and a cairn. The carvings on the rock survive well. The cairn has been disturbed in the past but still retains evidence of its form and location and any burials placed within it. Together they form part of the prehistoric landscape on Middleton Moor.

History

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Details

The monument includes a carved gritstone rock and a small cairn. The rock is 3.1m by 1.4m by 0.8m. An accurate NGR for the rock is SE1089851420. It has a carving consisting of two cup marks. The cairn lying c.7m to the east of the cup marked rock is c.8m in diameter and includes an approximately circular spread of stone surrounding a single large rock. The large rock is c.1.5m high, but the remainder of the cairn material barely protrudes above ground level. The cairn and carved rock are situated to the east of the path from Dryas Dike to Long Ridge on Middleton Moor.

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National Grid Reference: SE 10909 51419

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