29 October 2005

Fylingdales Part2

This is a hastily written add-on to my previous entry. I guess I was in a pretty mellow mood when I wrote my last entry to the blog. I failed to mention something that I think should be noted. The fire on the moor exposed a lot of previously unrecorded archaeological features. The fire removed hundreds of years of peat accumulation, exposing an ancient landscape dotted with low cairns, earthworks, flint scatters, unrecorded barrows and of course many unrecorded carved rocks. The aftermath of the fire provided the opportunity to really get to grips with the landscape, perform an intense and comprehensive study and possibly start drawing some meaningful conclusions as to why the rock art occured in certain locations and what was it's relationship to the landscape and other features. I guess you'll all remember the Fylingdales stone, the incredible carved stone that was exposed in the kerb of a cairn. Incredibly only about one quarter of this cairn was excavated. The cairn was scheduled and the powers that be would only allow a limited investigation. You would think that with the current popularity of rock art and the establishment of national projects to study rock art that someone in the archaeological world would have recognised the potential of Fylingdales but alas no. EH took some aerial photos, performed a walk over survey of the moor, a hasty and limited excavation of the Fylingdales stone was undertaken, ...and that was about it. I guess there may still be time to address this, the moor hasn't yet fully recovered, only time will tell. It's a shame that the North Yorkshire National Park Archaeologists and their associates don't seem to share to the proactive approach to prehistory as their colleagues elsewhere in northern England e.g. Northumbria I've got it off me chest........Rant over! fitz

28 October 2005

Howdo folks, I guess I haven't been contributing a great deal to the blog but that's mainly because I've been 'cabined-up' for various reasons. Anyway hopefully I'll be able to remedy that soon and will be getting out and about a little more over the autumn and winter. A time of low vegetation and long shadows, the best time for lovers of rock art. I had a few hours to myself yesterday so I thought I'd take a trip south to Fylingdales Moor, the scene of a huge fire in September 2003. The fire had a devestating effect on the flora and fauna of the moor but it was soon realised that it was a wonderful opportunity for anyone with an interest in archaeology, especially rock art. Following the fire a great number of previously unknown carved rocks and many other archaeological features were recorded by both amateurs and professionals, notably Graeme C & Paul Brown (watch out for the forthcoming book!). I'm glad to report that the wildlife has returned to many parts of the moor. Areas that once resembled a moonscape are now covered in fine knee-high grasses and the heather is beginning to reclaim the moor. The downside to this regeneration is that many of the subtle archaeological features and cup-marked stones have once again disappeared beneath the vegetation. The positive side of this is that these features have now been recorded and will be protected from the worst ravages of the wind and weather by a blanket of vegetation. ta ra fitz p.s. I'm hoping to put together a trip to Baildon in the next fortnight or so if anyones interested.

25 October 2005

Aira Force Waterfalls

On our way down to the Beckstones, we stopped of at the Aira Force Waterfalls, we walked to the top, had a look at the really nice watefalls, i started examining all the rocks around as you do, i saw these 2 that looked as if worked...not saying prehistoric, but worked..any opinions?.. god i think i must be going daft, looking at every rock i walk past..lol.

Balblair Cairn Slab

Hi Folks, I guess you all got the amazing newspaper from the Stone Pages. If not, there's a link on BRAC. In this weeks edition there was an article about a decorated slab found in/near Balblair, Highland. A (very long) link was given to the on-line Inverness Courier of 21-10-2005. However, there wasn't a picture of the slab on that website. I found a couple of photos on the web, taken by Archaeology Ltd, and took the liberty to post them on BRAC. The collection link is: http://rockartuk.fotopic.net/c738987.html Please take a look there! There's something in it for everyone it seems: arrow stone, a perforated stone, cups, trilobite, etc. A splendid addition from the Highlands but originated from a different traditon than the cup-and-rings? Cheers, Jan

24 October 2005

Good work Jan!!!

Hi Jan, Just a word to say the Yorkshire section of the BRAC is looking really good, looks like you have been really busy getting it up and running. Brian.

20 October 2005

Help...calling rich...rock art...Rombalds Moor

Hi Folks, Found some rocks, i am sure about some, other not so sure...i would ask if anyone can identify any of them, i took the ngr for a couple, but forgot for the other 2..silly me..anyway any help would be much appreciated.. First stone with ngr SE12692 46433 pic 5 i am not sure about this one, it feels like there is something there not sure.. The second stone is a definate, i could see and feel cups.. marked at SE12344 46232 pics 1 & 4 The third stone i am not sure about, no grid ref, but it was in the Green Crag area.. pic 2 The fourth stone i think there are cups, maybe more..again no grid ref..silly me.. the area was near to the badger stone. pic 3 can anyone help?.. sorry the pics seem to have turned out in a funny order..lol.

19 October 2005

Hanging Stones... original or replica?

Hi Folks, Just thought i would ask you all for your thoughts on the Hanging Stones, i really liked the carvings, but something didn't feel right.. have a look at my post on tma, let me know what you all think.. http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/post/41147 Brian

17 October 2005

Colsterdale ?

L O peeps, Here are the 2 possible, but unlikely carvings I mentioned earlier. These markings sit on 2 fairly large stones a matter of feet apart, just south of Slipstone Crags near Colsterdale, N Yorks. When I first spotted these grooves, I immediately thought ‘natural’ & just walked away. On my way back to the car, I decided to have another skeg at them & the more I looked, the more I questioned my initial judgement. I did this for a number of reasons; i. can nature cause grooves to run square & at right-angles, ii. 1 of the features looked almost rectangular. iii theres a scheduled carving 700meters SE, which forms a grid pattern, so local folks were carving motifs with right angles in, in antiquity. I’d still put my dosh on them not being carvings, but your views would be most welcome.


Hi all, just thought I'd pop in and say a big hello. Many thanks to Jan for the invite, tis a real privilege to be amongst the members here (sounds like an oscar acceptance speech, although I’m not going to start crying :-) ). Not weblogged before, so this is a new thing to me. Rock Art wise, I’m currently in the process of using the recording papers from the Northumberland & Durham Rock Art Project to log the new finds Paul Bennett & I have found over the past year or so. Thought it might be useful for North Yorks CC if they ever consider putting the carvings forward for scheduling. I’ve also got a carving near West Agra (nr Fearby, N Yorks) that I’d like your opinions on, once I’ve figured out how to post images. Cheers Richard

10 October 2005

Yorkshire Rock Art

OK folks, my first post on this blog :D A question... me and Brian are having a little trip down to the Bradford Travelodge (we know how to live) on Friday, then heading up to Stockton (ditto) for Saturday night. As total Yorkshire rock art virgins who are none the less shy and retiring, we would like to ask this merry group for advice please as to which are the best (and quickest, easiest) places to visit; I suppose I mean best-value!! Oh yeah, and can we ask you all to do the regular rock-art-dance please (ask for drizzle at night but clear sun during the day !)

Rock art for Bridget.....

Hi Folks, Thought this little standing stone we found on sunday would interest Hob's daughter Bridget, its a nice size granite boulder, with a little extra something on one side..lol. i know she is keen on her rock art, so i think she will like this example.

07 October 2005

Beckensall's Kilmartin book

Hello folks, Whilst not directly related to anything new, I thought I'd mention that the Kilmartin house museum now has copies of Stan Beckensall's book. They haven't ut them up on their online shop yet, but if you wish, copies can be ordered by contacting sylvie@kilmartin.org or phoning Sylvie on 0044(0) 1546 510 278. Cost is £13 plus £2 post and packing. Hob

06 October 2005

Kilmartin Activity

Nether Largie Stones. Photo Credit: Ancient Scotland, 2004.
Hi Folks, Quite a lot well known researchers wandered around in the Valley of the Ghosts lately and posted their nice pics to TMA. I've followed the activities with great interest and it is like looking over their shoulders when I see all those nice pics. Always a good moment to check what's in the collection already. Hmmm.... always disappointing; old scanned pics from the 90's or honestly stolen stuff. Time to update the files. Here are links to the updated collections:
There are also some new collections from George and the newest is from Les and Sue Knight.
I'm still trying to invite Hob to the Blog but no results so far. Will send him a direct e-mail soon.