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Cup, ring and groove marked rock south of derelict wall on Bradley Moor, 70m south west of Low Edge Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Silsden, Bradford

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.9458 / 53°56'44"N

Longitude: -1.9638 / 1°57'49"W

OS Eastings: 402475.207815

OS Northings: 449960.746397

OS Grid: SE024499

Mapcode National: GBR GQQT.N9

Mapcode Global: WHB7G.T22Y

Entry Name: Cup, ring and groove marked rock south of derelict wall on Bradley Moor, 70m south west of Low Edge Farm

Scheduled Date: 30 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015093

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29145

County: Bradford

Civil Parish: Silsden

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Cononley St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Details

The monument includes a carved gritstone rock, partly covered in vegetation.
The visible part measures 0.5m x 0.5m x 0.2m. It is situated on Bradley Moor,
near Low Edge Farm, south of the derelict wall. It is 32m from the wall, and
47m westwards along the wall from the stile. An accurate National Grid
Reference is SE 02475 49962.
The carving consists of at least eight cups, four of them with rings, and
several, mostly interconnecting, grooves.

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

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 an important part of the
prehistoric landscape of the Skipton area.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Hedges, J D (ed), The Carved Rocks on Rombalds Moor, (1986), 53

Source: Historic England

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