Chair Stone, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire

Cup-Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference – SE 14395 45222

Getting Here

Cupmarked stone west of Coldstone Beck

Cupmarked stone west of Coldstone Beck

Fom Burley train station, take the road uphill onto the moor edge, turning right for a coupla hundred yards where the road runs up the side of the Coldstone Beck. Walk up the stream until you hit the footpath that takes you onto the moor proper, on the righthand (west) side.  Once on the level, note scatter rocks on the near horizon above you and the faded track that runs up towards them. Walk up here, keeping your eyes peeled for the small chair-shaped rock immediately left of the pathway. You can’t really miss it.

Archaeology & History

One of an increasing number of carvings that I’m finding have curiously not been included in the general rock art surveys of the region (Boughey & Vickerman, 2003; Hedges 1986).  We first found this—Jon Tilleard and I—when we were foraging for such carvings in the 1970s and early ’80s and the scruffy drawing here is taken from one of my early notebooks (1981) that explored the archaeological remains on these moors.

Scruffy drawing of the stone, c.1982

Close-up of cup-marks

The name of the stone comes from the slightly chair-like shape of the rock on which the blatantly obvious cup-markings can be seen.  There are at least six of them, with a possible seventh near the top of the rock.  Some curious eroded markings can still be to the left-side of the main cups, but I’m unsure as to their nature and they may be just geophysical. Above and around this rock are a number of medieval pit workings, quarrying and scatterings of other rocks, none of which have been found to possess cup-and-rings.

References:

Bennett, Paul, Of Cups and Rings and Things, unpublished: Shipley 1981.

© 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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