Keys to the Past

Cup-and-groove-marked boulder, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor, Teesdale (Barningham Moor)

Cup and groove-marked boulder, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor 1980-1997
Cup and groove-marked boulder, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor 1980-1997

Rock art on a boulder with scale, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor, Teesdale 1980-1997
Rock art on a boulder with scale, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor, Teesdale 1980-1997

Illustration of a cup-and-groove-marked boulder, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor 1980-1997
Illustration of a cup-and-groove-marked boulder, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor 1980-1997

This sandstone boulder has a number of cup marks and a rectangular groove carved onto it. These were probably carved in the Early Bronze Age or Neolithic periods. The purpose of these markings are not clear, although they may have had a religious function. This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, protected by law (1).

Reference number:D62347
Historical period: Early Neolithic (4000BC to 3300BC)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)



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