Archive for November, 2011
Guisecliff Wood – Bronze Age Cup & Ring Rock Carving
South of Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
OS Map Ref SE16416356
OS Maps – Landranger 99 (Northallerton & Ripon), Explorer 298 (Nidderdale)
One of the most intriguing legacies left to us by our ancestors are the enigmatic carving of patterns and symbols which has become known as ‘Cup & Ring’ rock art. These designs created by the Neolithic and Bronze Age people that are our forbears could be as simple as a circular hollow known as a cup through to a complicated combination of cups, rings, spirals, chevrons and grooves. They are thousands of years old and no one knows their original purpose or meaning.
The interest in the rock art of the British Isles has grown over the past few years through the work of volunteers, amateur archaeologists and antiquarians and one such project is ‘The England Rock Art (ERA)’ website and database along with other websites such as The British Rock Art Blog, The Megalithic Portal and The Modern Antiquarian website these important sites are being recorded for these carvings for future generations and are now even being brought to the attention of professional archaeologists. Even though the carvings are in stone those that survive today are often much worn from both natural and human damage and will need our protection if they are to be enjoyed and learnt from in years to come. (more…)
Map Ref: SE03118604
Latitude: 54.270006N Longitude: 1.953748W
High on the bleak Burton moors above the small village of West Burton where Bishopsdale meets Wensleydale can be found the remains of an ancient settlement. Though the walls are now nothing more than rubble you can still see the layout of the huts and enclosures which made up this extensive settlement.
There are many such settlements around Wensleydale, 15 in total all situated high on the moors above what would have been the natural tree line of the wooded dales. One of these being on the moorland on ? Hill which rises on the other side of Bishopsdale opposite Pennhill where the Burton Moor settlement is and both would have been visible to each other. The Burton moor settlement is situated at 1500 feet, the open land would have allowed the inhabitants to see any danger approaching whether human or from the wild animals which would have roamed the wooded valleys. There are several springs in and around the immediate area for water and the open land would have provided grazing for livestock.