Backstone Beck Stones 2
Bronze Age Cup and Ring Marked Rocks (PRAWR 282, 283)

Rombalds Moor, West Yorkshire  OS Map Ref SE12744625 (PRAWR 283)
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)

Backstone Beck Carved Rock (PRAWR 283)
Carved stone close to the track at SE12744625 (PRAWR 283) - marked with water for clarity.
These two carved rocks are situated on the northwest side of Backstone Beck on the opposite side of the stream to Backstone Enclosure.

The first stone (PRAWR 283, shown above) stands at SE12744625 in the middle of a track that leads south from the Cow and Calf rocks passing the disheveled Backstone Circle before heading towards the Twelve Apostles stone circle. It is an almost square flat rock measuring 120x110cm and has around forty-five cups, a ring and several deep grooves. One of these grooves runs along the line of a natural fault in the stone.

Just to the northwest at SE12724627 is another carved stone (PRAWR 282, shown below) that is difficult to find amongst the heather growth. It measures 180x120cm and has over thirty cups, three rings, six or more penannulars or unfinished/eroded rings and a couple of grooves, although it is possible that these grooves could be natural rock features.

Probable Date: Bronze Age

See also:
Second Idol Stone   Backstone Beck Stones 1
Ilkley Moor & Rombald's Moor Introduction
Backstone Beck Carved Rock (PRAWR 282)
Second carved stone at SE12724627 (PRAWR 282) - marked with water for clarity.


Boughey, K.J.S. and Vickerman, E.A. 2003. Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding. West Yorkshire Archaeology Service.

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