Keys to the Past

Neolithic cup marked stone (Kirkwhelpington)

Between 4000 and 6000 years ago, during what archaeologists call the Neolithic period, people carved 11 cup marks into this stone. The stone lies in a cairnfield, which was probably created in the Bronze Age. Archaeologists think the cup marked stones were created either as part of a religious ritual, or perhaps to mark boundaries or routes through the landscape.

Reference number:N9455
Historical period: Neolithic (4000BC to 2200BC)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Kirkwhelpington

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