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Six carved rocks in field west of Riddlesden Golf Course

A Scheduled Monument in Silsden, Bradford

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.8916 / 53°53'29"N

Longitude: -1.9133 / 1°54'47"W

OS Eastings: 405793.411443

OS Northings: 443937.901109

OS Grid: SE057439

Mapcode National: GBR HR2F.KQ

Mapcode Global: WHB7P.LF3Z

Entry Name: Six carved rocks in field west of Riddlesden Golf Course

Scheduled Date: 11 May 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011733

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25412

County: Bradford

Civil Parish: Silsden

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Silsden St James

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Details

The monument includes six fragments of outcropping bedrock, all bearing carved
cup marks. They are situated in a field west of Riddlesden Golf Course, on
rising ground near the south west wall of the field. The rocks are closely
grouped, and the overall dimensions of the group are c.4m x c.6m.
The carvings consist of varying numbers of cup marks: one rock has two large
cup marks, one has six cups and a groove, one has 12 cups and a groove,
two have a single cup, and one has two 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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Rombalds Moor is an eastern outlier of the main Pennine range lying between
the valleys of the Wharfe and the Aire. The bulk of this area of 90 sq km of
rough moorland lies over 200m above sea level. The moor is particularly rich
in remains of prehistoric activity. The most numerous relics are the rock
carvings which can be found on many of the boulders and outcrops scattered
across the moor. Burial monuments, stone circles and a range of enclosed
settlements are also known.
Prehistoric rock carving is found on rock outcrops in several parts of upland
Britain with one of the densest concentrations on Rombalds Moor. The most
common form of decoration is the `cup and ring' mark in which expanses of
small cup-like hollows, which may be surrounded by one or more `rings', are
pecked into the surface of the rock. Other shapes and patterns, including some
dominated by grooves or lines, are also known. Carvings may occur singly or in
small groups, or may cover extensive areas of rock surface. They are believed
to date to the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age periods (c.2800-500 BC) and
provide one of our most important insights into prehistoric `art'. The exact
meaning of the designs remains unknown, but they have been interpreted as
sacred or religious symbols. Frequently they are found close to contemporary
burial monuments. All positively identified prehistoric rock carving sites
exhibiting a significant group of designs have been identified as nationally
important.

The carvings on these rocks survive well and they will contribute to an
understanding of the wider grouping of carved rocks.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Hedges, J D (ed), The Carved Rocks on Rombalds Moor, (1986), 74
Hedges, J D (ed), The Carved Rocks on Rombalds Moor, (1986), 37
Hedges, J D (ed), The Carved Rocks on Rombalds Moor, (1986), 37
Hedges, J D (ed), The Carved Rocks on Rombalds Moor, (1986), 74
Hedges, J D (ed), The Carved Rocks on Rombalds Moor, (1986), 37

Source: Historic England

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