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Cup and ring marked stone 520m north east of the triangulation point on Feldom Rigg

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 and ring marked stone 520m north east of the triangulation point on Feldom Rigg

List entry Number: 1014361

Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Richmondshire

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Gayles

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 04-Mar-1996

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

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 24551

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 and ring marked stone, surviving in its original location and one of a larger group of this type of monument in the area. It will contribute to an understanding of the wider grouping of these stones.

History

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Details

The monument includes a cup and ring marked stone which lies in open moorland on level ground approximately 110m north of the field wall which crosses Feldom Rigg south west to north east and 110m east of Feldom Rigg Lane. It consists of a flat, roughly leaf shaped stone slab of grey sandstone, 1.7m by 0.9m. The upper surface of the stone is decorated with nine well preserved cup marks two of which have ring marks and linear grooves. One cup mark has three rings surrounding it and a diameter of 0.28m. The other has two rings and a diameter of 0.22m. The monument is one of a group of cup and ring marked stones on Gayles Moor. Its grid reference by Global Positioning System is NZ 1164405827.

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.

Selected Sources

Other
Laurie, T,

National Grid Reference: NZ 11645 05827

Map

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