20 January 2006

Enhanced basin?

Hi folks, This is a bit of a long shot, and not particularly inspiring, but on a visit to the hills this week, Jacqui and I found a suspiciously large possible cup in Coquetdale, Northumberland. I guess it might be one of those 'Enhanced natural features' that you hear about. Apart from obvious peck marks, how would you be able to tell? I couldn't make my mind up, and need to go back for a proper look as we were only there for a couple of minutes. I notice Rockandy is on this list, if you read this, fancy a jaunt up there Mr Andy? Local folklore has it that there is a 'Druidical rock basin' in the vicinity. I'll post the fruits of research on tma if anyone wants a bit more of the detail.


Suzanne said...

Hi Hobster,
dunno if it's just me but I can hardly see those pics... are they a bit dark for other folk too?

Jan said...

I guess Hobby is building up some tension here. Starting from dark mysterious pictures to the bright, all-revealing super-shots!
But thanks for this ones anyway, Ian!
Did you know that you may upload large formats to the blog? They will be resized automatically but when we click on the small pics we'll see them in the original size. Clever, eh?

rockrich said...

Howdo Hob,

It looks very similar to that stone with the massive bog-off cup, east of Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor.

A few weeks ago a geologist called John Senior offered his expertise to the N&DRAP on Lordenshaw, re natural v manmade. I asked him about giant cups citing the Barningham bowl, he said it was highly unlikely that such a feature would have been totally manmade & enhancement was probable. Although, he did say you never can give a definitive answer without seeing it & that each marking should be judged on its own merits…… no help whatsoever ;-)

Hobson said...

I've tried brightening the pics up, but they're still a bit vague, I wish I did have some better ones with snazzy lighting ;)

You're right Richard, it put me in the mind of that whopper cup too.
(This one: http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/post/33361 )
Some peripheral cups would sort the matter out a bit. Hopefully next time I'll be able to check properly for peck-marks and get some better pics.

GraemeC said...

If its geological, chances are there will be similar things on nearby rocks?

Noticed the Drakestone name attached to the photo. is that the sites name or the druids basin you mentioned?

Some of these large cups basins have interesting folklore attached to them, like healing wells etc, so its worth following up.

Hobson said...

Eyup Graeme,

The Drake Stone is (at least nowadays)the big erratic boulder, but the associated folklore is the thing that's got me bitten here. The folklore talks bout passing sick children over the Drake Stone to cure them. It's just not feasible. But it would be quite feasible to pass a child over a basin. It's stretching things a bit, and I don't think it could really be proved one way or the other.

Stan the Man reckons he had a good shufti about the area a few years back, but got put off by the quarrying and strange natural patterning. I don't blame him. (He's also bigging your book up, as well he should ;))

GraemeC said...

Sounds interesting stuff. There is a drake howe on the north york moors, which was originally called Odin's howe. I think the story was that a dragon (drake) protected the barrow.
Some pretty odd things went on at these healing sites, so dragging kids over large boulders is not out of the way, and the basin might also have featured in the proceedure.