Bedrock with cup, ring and possible groove marks 45m south west of Eastwoods Farm, Dacre Banks


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014978

Date first listed: 18-Sep-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bedrock with cup, ring and possible groove marks 45m south west of Eastwoods Farm, Dacre Banks
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate (District Authority)

Parish: Dacre

National Grid Reference: SE 18496 62080


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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.

The carvings on these rocks survive well and the rocks are important examples of a number of carved rocks south of the River Nidd between Bewerley and Glasshouses.


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The monument includes two small outcropping areas of exposed gritstone bedrock with carvings. They are situated at Dacre Banks, south west of Eastwoods Farm. They are 0.3m south of a fieldwall which runs WSW from the south west corner of the barns, and 36m ENE of the west corner of this wall. Both areas of bedrock are at ground level. One measures 1.8m x 0.4m, and has a cup with a faint ring, several very small eroded cups, and a very eroded possible groove. The other portion of rock measures 3.7m x 1.2m, and has four cups.

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: 29108

Legacy System: RSM

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