Keys to the Past

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

Photograph, with scale, of a cup-and-ring-marked boulder, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor 1980-1997
Photograph, with scale, of a cup-and-ring-marked boulder, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor 1980-1997

Photograph of a wet cup-and-ring-marked panel, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor 1980-1997
Photograph of a wet cup-and-ring-marked panel, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor 1980-1997

Photograph of a cup-and-ring-marked boulder, Osmaril Gill, Barningham Moor, Teesdale 1980-1997
Photograph of a cup-and-ring-marked boulder, 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 grooves and cup marks on it. These carvings were probably created in the Early Bronze Age or Neolithic periods. The purpose of these markings is not clear, although they may have had a religious function (1). This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument protected by law.

Reference number:D62956
Historical period: Early Neolithic (4000BC to 3300BC)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)
Legal status:Scheduled Monument
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1017439



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