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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 900
 Date Entered 04/11/2015
 Updated on 06/11/2015
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Photographic Record
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Army Range
 Record Date 26/10/2015
 Location Feldom Ranges, Gayles Moor
 Civil Parish Gayles
 Brit. National Grid NZ 110 060
 Altitude 310m
 Geology Hummocky drift over sandstones with worked coal seam
 Record Name The rock art sites of Gayles Moor revisited
 Record Description This record will provide a partial photographic record of a few cup marked and cup and ring marked rocks as they appear today together with photographs of the same rocks taken 30-40 years ago, together with several other features which can be regarded as elements within the same prehistoric landscape. The reduced sheep population and reduction of grazing on moorland across the Pennines generally has allowed the moorland vegetation to recover and become rank, ie to remain un-grazed from year to year. Archaeological features are obscured and much more difficult to recognise than when first recorded, some 40 years ago. furthermore the rock art may be less sharp than when first recorded due possibly to acid rain. Comparison of these recent images with photo illustrations of the same rocks within Beckensall and Laurie, 1998. 'The Prehistoric Rock Art of Co Durham, Swaledale and Wensleydale.' together with those shown here which were taken some 30- 40 years ago (see also previous SWAAG Record No ) will be useful in assessing any changes taking place.
 Dimensions See photos
 Additional Notes Rock reference Nos on photo images are to Beckensall and Laurie 1998.
 Image 1 ID 6513         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The fine cup and ring marked rock below Hill 99, C11, in Craddocks Plantation as it is today.
 Image 2 ID 6512         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The same rock photographed some 40 years ago.
 Image 3 ID 6521         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Cup and ring marked rock (D3) as it is today.
 Image 4 ID 6517         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description The same rock photographed some 40 years ago.
 Image 5 ID 6524         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Heavily cup marked slab (D4) as it is seen today.
 Image 6 ID 6518         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The same rock photographed some 40 years ago.
 Image 7 ID 6519         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Detail of this rock show individual pock marks
 Image 8 ID 6516         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Small earthfast rock with cup and ring markings (D7) photographed some 30-40 years ago. This rock is now covered with vegetation and could not be located recently.
 Image 9 ID 6525         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Very small cup and cup and ring marked rock with linking grooves (D13) photographed recently
 Image 10 ID 6526         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description The same rock. D13, as illustration in Beckensall and Laurie 1998.
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