Second Idol Stone
Bronze Age Carved Rock (PRAWR 288)

Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire  OS Map Ref SE128462
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)

Second Idol Stone
Grooves and cups marked with water for clarity.

Between the huts of the Backstone Beck enclosure and Backstone Beck itself are three carved rocks (two of them are dealt with in Backstone Beck Stones 1). The third stone is a little different however. On a rectangular 130x80cm low stone at SE12834615 are a series of 24 cups and 5 deep grooves. Nine of the cups are zoned within a groove at the northeastern end of the stone and a further 6 cups form a line between the edge of that groove and another groove that runs nearly the entire length of the stone. This long groove is particularly deeply carved. The rock is very similar to the Idol Stone 500 metres to the southeast, could it be that they were carved by the same person?

PRAWR = Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding (Boughey and Vickerman 2003.
Glossary Item: Bronze Age

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