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Rock with one cup mark 200m north of Low Hood Gap, Heyshaw

A Scheduled Monument in Dacre, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.0621 / 54°3'43"N

Longitude: -1.7375 / 1°44'15"W

OS Eastings: 417276.487643

OS Northings: 462937.38723

OS Grid: SE172629

Mapcode National: GBR JP9G.ML

Mapcode Global: WHC84.85V8

Entry Name: Rock with one cup mark 200m north of Low Hood Gap, Heyshaw

Scheduled Date: 18 November 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015099

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29132

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Dacre

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Details

The monument includes a carved gritstone rock, partly covered in turf. The
visible part measures 2.3m x 1.4m x 0.6m. It is situated at Heyshaw, in the
second field east of the track from High Hood Gap. It is near the gate in the
north east corner of the field, 7m west of the east field wall, and 12m south
of the north east field corner. The carving consists of one cup.

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 area between the Rivers Wharfe and Nidd.

Source: Historic England

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