A carved rock between The Stang Forest boundary wall and Woodclose Gill, 750m south east of Far East Hope, Barningham Moor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017417

Date first listed: 24-Oct-1997


Ordnance survey map of A carved rock between The Stang Forest boundary wall and Woodclose Gill, 750m south east of Far East Hope, Barningham Moor
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Barningham

District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Hope

National Grid Reference: NZ 04562 08562


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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'. Pecked lines or grooves can also exist in isolation from cup and ring decoration. 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 prehistoric carved rock 750m south east of Far East Hope is in good condition and displays a wide variety of motifs. It will therefore contribute to our knowledge of prehistoric rock art in the north of England.


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The monument includes a prehistoric carved rock on the east side of The Stang boundary wall and west of Woodclose Gill. It consists of a large flat rectangular sandstone rock aligned north east-south west. The visible area measures 2m by 0.8m, but the south west end is covered in turf. The carving consists of at least 15 cup marks and two rectangular grooves, incomplete and lightly pecked out. Evidence of at least three other incomplete grooves is visible.

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: 30496

Legacy System: RSM

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