Dyke Stone, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire

Cup-Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference –  SE 140 452 – NEW FIND

Archaeology & History

Sketch of the primary design

Rediscovered on Tuesday March 6, 2012, this medium-sized rounded (female) rock has somehow evaded all previous archaeological evaluations.  It is one of at least five previously unrecorded cup-marked stones found close to each other on the eastern section of Rombald’s Moor near the Little Skirtful of Stones.  The rock measures roughly 2 yards by 1½ yards and possesses at least 15 cup-marks that cover most of its surface.  Each cup-mark averages about 2 inches across and are less than ½-inch deep.  There is a natural ‘bowl’ in the southern section of the rock with a typical cup-mark in it and a smaller one in close association.

Dyke Stone cupmarks

and from another angle

The other cup-markings found close by, appear to be associated with the prehistoric cairns but this stone — the largest of the group — lacks any immediate relationship with such monuments.  Further ground explorations are required at other potential spots close by; plus we could do with getting back here when the sunlight’s better, so we can get some clearer photos!

© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian

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About megalithix

Occultist, prehistorian and independent archaeological researcher, specializing in prehistoric rock art, Neolithic, Bronze Age & Iron Age sites, and the animistic cosmologies of pre-Christian & traditional cultures.
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