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|Description ||[image@Doug Pickford 1996]. Cup-marked stone at Windgather Rocks near Kettleshulme close to the Derbys/Cheshire border.|
What is this circular hole in a stone just below the rock outcrop. How old is it ? Could it be prehistoric or more recent ?
| I think it may be recent, it could be a hole carved out to catch water for the benefit of moorland birds such as Grouse. I have seen similar one's, which are actually numbered, along Stanage Edge, Derbyshire. Some have grooves radiating out to help channel water into the hollow.|
| It looks like the natural rock basin on Kestor Rock:|
| I don't know about that Angie. This only looks a couple of inches in diameter (difficult to know with nothing for scale), and looks much to regular and circular. It looks quite modern to me in this picture.|
| There was a photo on the Meg Portal of a similar type round hole quite awhile back, someone thought it had been caused by a door jam or something like that. Was it a place in Scotland. Can't remember now. Can anyone recall seeing it ?|
| The photo you may be thinking of Sunny100 is on the Mid Howe Broch page with a few comments attached to it, including one of my comments regarding similar looking holes at Sardinian rock cut tomb sites although both the Sardinian and Mid Howe Broch cut holes by their nature and location are quite different to the one at Windgather Rocks.|
| Drew, I think this is the photo that I was thinking about. They round holes are very similar. Still not sure what they are though. Something that was done in recent times, or could they be earlier ? Perhaps there other similar carvings eleswhere in Britain that we don't yet know about.|
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