Keys to the Past

Cup and ring marked stones, Lordenshaws East (Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst)

Over 4500 years ago, in what archaeologists call the Neolithic period, people carved cup and ring marks on natural rocks all over this region. On moorland east of the area later used as a defended settlement, approximately forty rocks have been found with these marks carved into them. Archaeologists think these marks may be related to the religion of the people who carved them, or to land boundaries or routeways. The cup and ring marked stones are Scheduled Monuments, protected by law.

Reference number:N10747
Historical period: Neolithic (4000BC to 2200BC)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst
Local History of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst


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