Snowden Carr
Bronze Age Cup Marked Rocks

Snowden Carr, North Yorkshire  OS Map Ref SE178512
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)


Death's Head Rock
View southeast from the Death's Head Rock
Cup marked rock PRAWR 584
PRAWR 584 - 4 cups on top surface

Snowden Carr stands to the east of Askwith Moor and like that moor it has its own collection of carved rocks, the most well know of these are the Tree of Life Rock and the Death's Head Rock but there are around 50 carvings in total - twice as many as the larger Askwith Moor. Snowden Carr is also the home of several cairns and a proposed Iron Age settlement site although I'm not sure that the date of this site has ever been confirmed. What is not in doubt are the fine views towards the south and southeast as the hillside slopes down towards the valley of the River Washburn as it flow southwards to join the Wharf near Otley. These views and close proximity to the river could well have played an important role in the siting of this concentration of carvings - the aspect of these stones seems similar to those that overlook the Wharf itself at Green Crag Slack and Addingham Moorside, just a few miles to the southwest above Ilkley on Rombald's Moor.

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

Snowden Carr Rock
Large basin - man made or natural ?
Snowden Carr Rock
Cup on a stone close to the Tree of Life Rock


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