Cup marked stone 620m south of Jenny's Plantation


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014342

Date first listed: 07-Mar-1996


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Richmondshire (District Authority)

Parish: Gayles

National Grid Reference: NZ 11564 06098


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Reasons for Designation

Prehistoric rock art is found on natural 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 and ring' marking where expanses of small cup-like hollows are pecked 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 of 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. Frequently they are found close to contemporary burial monuments and the symbols are also found on portable stones placed directly next to burials or incorporated in burial mounds. Around 800 examples of prehistoric rock-art have been recorded in England. This is unlikely to be a realistic reflection of the number carved in prehistory. Many will have been overgrown or destroyed in activities such as quarrying. All positively identified prehistoric rock art sites exhibiting a significant group of designs will normally be identified as nationally important.

This is a well preserved cup marked stone, surviving in its original location and in association with cairns and other cup and ring marked stones. It will also contribute to an understanding of the wider grouping of these stones.


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The monument includes a cup marked stone situated in open moorland on level ground 620m south of Jenny's Plantation and 65m east of Feldom Rigg Lane. It consists of an irregular slab of grey sandstone, approximately 0.8cm by 0.75m wide, the uneven upper surface of which is decorated with approximately ten cup marks. The cup marks range in diameter from 4cm to 6cm. The monument is one of a group of prehistoric carved stones on Gayles Moor. Its grid reference by Global Positioning System is NZ1156306097.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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Legacy System number: 27945

Legacy System: RSM


Laurie, T,

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