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Two carved rocks south of Snowden Beck in Ellers Wood, Dob Park, 570m south east of Carr Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Weston, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.9543 / 53°57'15"N

Longitude: -1.712 / 1°42'43"W

OS Eastings: 418995.238664

OS Northings: 450944.222494

OS Grid: SE189509

Mapcode National: GBR JQHQ.48

Mapcode Global: WHC8J.NVYZ

Entry Name: Two carved rocks south of Snowden Beck in Ellers Wood, Dob Park, 570m south east of Carr Farm

Scheduled Date: 12 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014316

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28077

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Weston

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Weston All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Details

The monument includes two carved gritstone rocks. One rock is partly covered
in earth and measures 1.4m by 1m by 0.3m. The other rock is level with the
ground, being partly earth covered, and measures 0.8m by 0.3m. They are
situated in Dob Park, and lie in Ellers Wood.
They are 7.4m east of a junction between the boundary wall of the wood and a
field wall, and c.10m into the wood from the boundary wall.
The carving of the first consists of nine cups, some currently hidden by dried
mud. The straight sided basin is possibly natural.
The carving of the second rock consists of one medium cup and five possible
cups.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 5 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 carving on this rock survives well and forms part of the prehistoric
landscape of Ellers Wood.

Source: Historic England

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