Stanage Cairn
Bronze Age Round Cairn and Cup Marked Stone
Northwest of Grindleford, North of Eyam, Derbyshire  OS Map Ref SK21547864
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Stanage Cairn looking southwest
Stanage Cairn looking southwest from beside the cup marked stone
Stanage Cairn Cup Marked Stone
Cup marked stone
On the western side of Eyam Moor in an area marked on the map as Stanage (not to be confused with Stanage Edge a few miles to the north) there is a collection of Bronze Age cairns, one of these has a fine cup marked rock associated with it. The cairn itself, though partially buried under the grass, measures about 18 metres by 15 metres and stands under a metre in height, it is thought to have originally featured a flattened top and an outer stone kerb. Like many of these structures it has been damaged towards the centre somewhat by either antiquarian excavations or stone robbing.
Towards the northeastern edge of the cairn stands a low three faced single stone that bears several unusually large and deep cups on two of its faces - 10 to 12 on the south face, 8 on the west face with 8 or more cups on the top of the stone (although these have been effected by weathering). About 20 metres to the north of the cairn there are two more rocks with possible cup marks, one has up to ten cups while the other has about half a dozen cups and larger bowls - there is some dispute whether these are man-made or natural.

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