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|Description ||Cup and Ring marked boulder with interconnecting grooves. Situated a few yards West of Haystack.|
|This is one of the more intriguing cup&rings (CRs) on these moors. I know the intellectual heirophants amongst you may gimme grief over the matter, but, should an Australkian aborigine look at this carving, the "planets" linked by the lines would very likely be interpreted as spirit paths between wells. This carving (which I've always called the Map Stone instead of the Planets Stone - a name given to it by someone with a presiding interest in astronomy) would appear to represent the pathways between certain sites or spiritual doorways on these hills taken by ancestral beings. |
|andy h |
I think the map idea is a valid as any other explaination I've heard. But it does beg the question do all the other marked rocks in the close vacinity share this meaning, or are they're multiple interpretations/uses of similar symbols. I say this because some of the rocks are very obviously not physical representations of maps of the sourrounding landscape (nearby Haystack and Pancake Stones for example). Also, would an area as small as Green Crag Slack need such a concentration of maps? It would also be interesting to learn if the current track ways over the moor date back to a time that is contempory with the rock carvings? If so, some kind of correlation between tracks and sites may be possible. It is also interesting how the marked rocks fall into two categories. One being on outcrops looking over Wharfedale (such as Hangingstones, Piper's Crag Stone etc), the other being on land-locked boulders which are often set back from such commanding views (Idol Stone and Badger Stone for example). Maybe multiple interpretations are possible?
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