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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie F,S,A,

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 120
 Date Entered 06/02/2011
 Updated on 06/02/2011
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Standing Stones / Circles
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 06/02/2011
 Location On rising ground at Mud Beck 850m NE of Beck Crooks Bridge..
 Civil Parish Arkengarthdale
 Brit. National Grid NY 9550 0767
 Altitude 384m
 Geology Drift.
 Record Name Stone circle at Mudbeck Side.
 Record Description Circle of low (<1.0mhigh) sandstone slabs hidden by rushes and difficult to locate, 18.5m diameter comprising four surviving standing stones (see plan Nos 2,3,4 and 6), one fallen stone (No 1), one stone broken at ground level, the base survives in situ (No 5) and a probable �entrance feature on the Eastern perimeter indicated by the presence on the surface of three large slabs of similar sandstone (Nos 7,8 & 9) together with a pit from which a stone has been removed and a number of earthbound rocks. The perimeter of a true circle is well defined through 200 degrees of arc by stones 1-6 and les certainly by the entrance feature, stones 7,8 and 9. A single cup mark can be seen on the inner face of Stone 2, this may be natural but is made more probable by the existence of an earth fast sandstone slab with three aligned cup marks in turf some 70m check to the WNW. (ARK003). A single outlying standing stone is located 54m from the centre to the ENE.
 Additional Notes The Mudbeck stone ring was first noticed by the late Ramsey Hutchinson of Langthwaite who was then Game Keeper to the Duke of Norfolk�s estate. The stone ring is located at precisely the point where the summit of the Stainmore Pass first becomes visible five km to the NW across the glaciated plain of Stainmore Forest. Arkengarthdale provide the most direct route available in Prehistory from tthriving Neolithic/Bronze Age population centres situated to the South and East (on the fertile gravels of Swale and Ure in the Vale of Mowbray) and those to the North and West (in the Vale of Eden). See Survey plan prepared by A. Thom (Thom, A. 198*). Reference A.S. Thom 1988. Mudbeck Ring, North Yorkshire�. In �Records in Stone � Papers in Memory of Alexander Thom. Ed. C.C.N. Ruggles. pp375-6.
 Image 1 ID 264         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description An account and survey of the Stone Circle at Mudbeck. Author: Prof.Archie. S Thom
 Image 2 ID 265         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description An account and survey of the Stone Circle at Mudbeck. Author: Prof.Archie. S Thom
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