Idol Stone
Bronze Age Carved Rock (PRAWR 322)
Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire  OS Map Ref SE132459
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)


Idol Stone
Design marked with water
This is a smallish boulder that lies close to a path leading from the Cow and Calf rocks over the moor to Lanshaw. It consists of 25 cup marks that seem to have been laid out in some deliberate order. There is a group of eight cups in two lines of four (bottom right in the photograph), a line of seven cups inside a rectangular carving (middle of the picture) and a further line of cups above these that seem to curve around one end of the rectangular carving (top of picture). There is also a groove that runs around the entire rock (difficult to see in the lower picture but clear in the top picture when marked with water) As with most of the rock carvings of this type, its original purpose or symbolism is unclear but unlike many other rocks on the moor the design here seems to incorporate some kind of geometric pattern rather than a seemingly random collection of cups or grooves.

PRAWR = Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding (Boughey and Vickerman 2003)

Glossary Item: Bronze Age

Idol Stone

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