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|Description ||I would love to know what all these markings mean.. This monolith is a short distance from the circle, amongst the stones and earthworks at the summit of Harden Moor.|
| looks like an old quarry to me.|
| A bluestone quarry maybe? On the site of an 'old quarry, dis' (mapped) and with a working quarry next to it and thousands of tonnes of quarry like material (stone) all around? Boy you're good :)|
| So, would you like to explain to us all just what it is of megalithic relevance what you are showing here ? What markings are you talking of ? It doesn't look too ancient to me. |
| No, I don't imagine it does.|
|Andy B |
| Peter sent me some additional information on this site from an old book:|
From Ancient Bingley by J.Horsfall-Turner, 1898.
"Upon the top of Harden Moor, not far from the above mentioned way, was shewn me by Benjamin Ferrand, Esquire, another Skirt of Stones much less than the two former, and nigh it a row of stones placed in a line nigh two hundred paces in length, but few of them appear above two feet above the heath, and some lie hid under it. That these stones were placed here by design, no person can doubt ; but for what end I cannot conjecture".
"Burley, others at Pendle, indicates the burial place of a chieftain. Harden Cat Stones is enclosed on three sides by a considerable bank of earth and the ground bears traces of having been ploughed. This considerable entrenchment or camp is a marked feature of the map, but bears now a more modern name, Fairfax Entrenchment, though it is much more ancient than Fairfax's time".
". It is Druids Altar. quite likely that the Druid rocks are not misnamed, considering the rock-markings, circles of stones, burialmounds, carneddes, (" skirtful or apronful of stones," a name given to them not only on Burley and Harden Moors, but at Ecclesfield, Pendle, and other places,) canoes, flints, hammer-heads, arrow-heads, found in abundance on Ilkley, Baildon, Burley, Gilstead and other West Riding Moors".
My only passion is for the rock art and megalithic stones this area, most of which are being destroyed before my eyes and which I am powerless to prevent. I see barrows being bulldozed and rock art quarried away every day and it tears me to bits If only some of them were recognised, people would protect them, but as they are not mentioned in that one book, they will be lost to to the future.
Much of it is gone, soon there will be nothing left :(
|Andy B |
| An aerial view|
|Andy B |
| It appears the whole book is available online:|
Ancient Bingley by J.Horsfall-Turner, 1898.
|Andy B |
| I asked Brigantia about this and he replied:|
100% they're quarried stones, nowt else I'm afraid.
The book he's citing relates to some known & unknown sites on this small moorland (literally a mile up the road from here). The "skirt of stones" is either an undiscovered cairn on the northern edges of Catstones Ring, or else the Harden Moor cairn circle (though we've found several small singular cairns close to the cairn circle, but they're highly unlikely to be what Ferrand & Horsfall-Turner's describing). The Fairfax Entrenchment is late-medieval.
I've had the Horsfall-Turner book in my library since I was a kid and the quotes from Mr Ferrand & co. have been explored by other historians, before & after H-T. Sadly the extensive quarrying operations on Harden Moorside are likely to have destroyed some of the sites that have been described, albeit fleetingly, by H-T & other early antiquarians.
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