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|Description ||Middleton Moor, North Yorkshire - SE1128851542
I must confess when I 1st found this unrecorded rock the markings on it confused me, it wasn’t hidden & was quite easy to find + it was only 50meters away from other recorded cup marks, so why hadn’t it been seen before. I also had a debate with myself (I often do this) as to whether some of the marks could be bullet wounds. Having checked out trajectories this made my bullet theory seem unlikely, but I still couldn’t decide their authenticity. It was only after Paul Bennett saw it, got quite excited & described it as ‘cute’ that I became convinced. This rock has about 11 cups, some of which are joined and grouped.
Not referenced by Boughey & Vickerman, North Yorkshire CC, or English Heritage, this is probably a rediscovery.
|In May 2005 I visited this sitge again with Tertia Barnett, who is the Project manager of the Durham & Northumbrian Rock Art project. Tertia thought these were more likely to be shot marks & I'm confused again once more :-p|
|Another visit to this rock, this time with Keith Boughey co-author of PRAoWR. Keith felt that shot had caused these marks also, having seen a number of shot marked rocks between my last visit & this one, i would have to concur.|
|Andy B |
|Shot as in lead shot? From how long ago?|
|Is the stone granite?(looks like it) If so then lead shot would hardly mark it. If a modern type of ammunition were used ( jacketed ) then a distinct "scab" would be knocked out- no smooth edges.
|The rock is sandstone. We came to this conclusion for a number of reasons, the moor was used for practice during WWII & is a grouse moor nowadays, so shot & bullets have been a plenty in the area. Also, the indentations are extremely friable & a lighter shade than the rest of the rock, both of which aren’t characteristics of carvings 5000yrs old……… we think :-)|
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