Skip to comments.Uncovered: Secrets of Ilkley Moor's rock art
Posted on 09/16/2012 7:38:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
It is a 4,000-year-old mystery just waiting to be solved... Are they way markers, religious symbols, star charts or just 'doodles' done by early farmers with a bit of time on their hands? ...There are more than 400 known rock carvings, known as 'cup and ring' stones, on Rombalds Moor, which includes Ilkley Moor, and they are thought to date back to before the Pyramids were built.
Members of Friends of Ilkley Moor are busy mapping the exact locations of the stones, noting down their co-ordinates and taking photographs for posterity.
And now the Friends have launched a Cup and Ring Stone GPS (global positioning system) trail so that owners of GPS systems, including the latest mobile phones, can find them...
Two members of the Friends, Colin Beecham and Barry Wilkinson, have spent the past few months locating some of the stones, recording the co-ordinates and planning the walk, which takes about two hours to complete.
Anyone with a GPS system or an Ordnance Survey map should be able to find the stones.
Mr Wilkinson, 75, a former newspaper photographer, said it was hoped the new technology would encourage younger people to take a look at the historic enigmas.
(Excerpt) Read more at yorkshirepost.co.uk ...
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It would be worth going just for the scenery, IMHO.
is this like cloud spotting?
You sunk my battleship!
Here in the good old USA, we have Bigfoot and UFOs and ugly little Bill Maher looking things that wash up on riverbanks. In England, they’ve got stacks of rocks. Our crazy stuff is a lot more interesting than their crazy stuff.
On Ikley Moor bat aht bookmark
Counting, groups of something. Three, five, seven, eight. Seven circled. Chiseled in stone, not exactly easy to do then or now. On a high hill.
Astronomical observation, rudimentary calendar. Balanced stone marks some significant sun, moon or star position from a particular vantage point.
We know many if not most ancient people practiced some form of astronomy, some were highly accomplished. That’s what this likely is, imho.
And for FR readers who never sung Yorkshire folk songs or speak Yorkshire...:^)
Often sung in the rest of England as a way of making fun of the Yorkshire accent...