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Egglestone, Bracken Heads (Eggleston)

This is a group of seven carved rocks and a cairnfield on the top of a ridge at Bracken Heads. The cairnfield consists of at least 14 cairns. The largest is c. 16m in diameter and 0.4m high. It has been substantially damaged by stone robbing. The remainder of the cairns are between 10m and 3m in diameter, and up to 0.6m high. Most are undisturbed, but the centres of a few closest to the wall are dished because of the removal of stone for walling.
The carved rocks are closely associated with the cairnfield, and occur both sides of the wall between Folly Top and Barnard Castle Allotment. These are recorded as PRN Nos. 6599-6603 and 6605-6606 (The cairnfield is PRN 6604). The carvings on all the rocks consist of cup-marks; these are joined in pairs by short grooves on two of the rocks. The rocks are mostly or completely covered by turf.

Reference number:D3262
Historical period: Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)
Legal status:Scheduled Monument
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1021114

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Source of Reference
Local History of Eggleston


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