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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 647
 Date Entered 25/11/2012
 Updated on 26/11/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Rock Art
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 23/11/2012
 Location Cotherstone Moor, Pennine Way Bowes Diversion and Goldsbotough Rigg.
 Civil Parish Cotherstone
 Brit. National Grid NY 957 177
 Altitude 360m
 Geology Drift over Namurian Strata.
 Record Name Rock art on Goldsborough Rigg and close to the Pennine Way Bowes Diversion.
 Record Description On being informed by the Late Dennis Coggins that he had discovered a fine cup and ring marked rock on the ridge to the east of Goldsborough Hill, see Beckensall and laurie 1998, page Rock No and Photo Nos 1- 4. On learning this, I walked at the first opportunity from Bowes Village passing the ling-thatched farm at Levy Pool and thence northward along the Pennine Way to see this rock. In so doing I found two fine carved rocks within three yards of the busy Pennine Way track, see Photo Nos. Later fieldwork with Dennis established the existence of a number of cup marked and cup and ring marked rocks in the vicinity of West Loups Farm within the Battle Hill Army Firing Range. These rocks have subsequently been the subject of further survey and recording.
 Dimensions See photos taken in the early 1990's and also recent photographs.
 Additional Notes The exposed rocks are very weathered although an attempt has been made to protect them and are today mch more difficult to locate than in the 1980's. See old photos attached compared with recent photos. The recent reduction of sheep numbers grazing these wet moors has resulted in the explosion of rushes in the wet pasture to the detriment of the moorland and pasture. The photograph of the rock below turf (Photo Image 2) was taken during the 1990's soon after the rock was discovered and the fine cups with single rings on the rock were still protected under turf when visited recently.
 Image 1 ID 3737         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The Pennine Way Bowes Diversion. The small rock part below turf in the foreground is decorated with several fine cup and ring motifs.
 Image 2 ID 3752         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Photograph taken during the 1990's. For descriptions, photographs and drawings showing the details of this rock and the other cup and ring marked rocks here, see Beckensall and Laurie 1998 pp72-76.
 Image 3 ID 3738         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Photograph taken during the 1990's. This decorated slab is also very close to the Pennine Way. Very weathered but clearly visible when this photo was taken in early 1990's. These carvings now almost invisible although protected under loose stone slabs.
 Image 4 ID 3739         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description The second cup marked rock close to the Pennine Way includes a groupd of cups within an enclosing groove. Very weathered, this photo taken in early 1990's.
 Image 5 ID 3740         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Carvings as these were seen 15 years ago, now almost invisible although protected under loose stone slabs.
 Image 6 ID 3741         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The same slab as photographed recently.
 Image 7 ID 3742         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Carvings now almost invisible although protected under loose stone slabs.
 Image 8 ID 3743         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description This photograph of the main cup and ring marked rock on Goldsborough Rigg was taken fifteen years ago when sheep density was sufficient to control the growth of rushes (Juncus effusus)'.
 Image 9 ID 3744         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description The same site as photographed recently, completely invisible, hidden under rampant rush growth and driven across by a fourtrack.
 Image 10 ID 3745         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description The same site as photographed recently, completely invisible, hidden under rampant rush growth and driven across by a fourtrack. Perhaps Landowner/Farmers should be briefed on the location of rock carvings.
 Image 11 ID 3746         Click image to enlarge
 Image 11 Description 
 Image 12 ID 3747         Click image to enlarge
 Image 12 Description Goldsborough Rigg.The main cup and ring marked rock as photographed recently.
 Image 13 ID 3748         Click image to enlarge
 Image 13 Description Goldsborough Rigg.The main cup and ring marked rock as photographed recently.
 Image 14 ID 3749         Click image to enlarge
 Image 14 Description Goldsborough Rigg.The main cup and ring marked rock as photographed recently.
 
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