Gled Law 2a
Bronze Age Carved Rock / Rock Art
South of Doddington Moor, Northumberland  OS Map Ref NU00923070
OS Maps - Landranger 75 (Berwick-upon-Tweed), Explorer 340 (Holy Island & Bamburgh)

Gled Law 2a looking east
Gled Law 2a looking east. The rock has a pair of cup and ring designs, the one in the foreground has eight rings and a faint 'Y' shaped groove. Just behind a second cup and five ring motif is badly worn.
This is a spectacular example of a cup and ring marked rock but sadly is now becoming quite eroded due to its exposed position on the edge of a plateau above the valley of the River Till.

This flat slab is said to have the largest number of rings of any British carved rock, of the two motifs cut into its surface the one nearest the camera has eight rings and a faint 'Y' shaped grove running through its centre. The two prongs of the 'Y' are just about visible in the picture pointing towards the camera but are better seen in the illustration at the bottom of the page drawn by George Tate in 1865. The second motif is even more badly worn and consists of a central cup with five or possibly six rings, some of which are left unfinished as they approach the edge of the rock.

It is not just the carvings that are exceptional, the location chosen for them is also impressive with fine views of Doddington Moor rising up to the north, Lyham Moor and Chatton to the east, Weetwood Moor to the south and the Cheviots stretching away to the west (see 360 degree panorama) but we can only wonder at why this area has such a high concentration of quality rock-art with the carvings of Dod Law only 1km to the north and Buttony 800 metres to the northeast.

Suggested Date: Bronze Age

See also: Gled Law 1, Gled Law 2b-f, Gled Law 3
Gled Law 2a looking south
Gled Law 2a, view looking south towards Weetwood Moor on the left and the Cheviots on the right. The larger of the two motifs has been highlighted with water while the smaller fainter motif is just to the upper left.
Gled Law 2a lit by side flash
Gled Law 2a lit by side flash.
Gled Law 2a - Tate 1865
Illustration of Gled Law 2a taken from 'The Ancient Sculptured Rocks of Northumberland and the Eastern Borders' by George Tate 1865

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