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The Swastika Stone

Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art


The fylfot motif is very similar to the Iron Age 'Camunian Rose' design of Valcamonica, in Northern Italy. This is a design based around a cross of nine cups, with an interweaving groove. Not always in a 'swastika' pattern.

The Roman Fort at Ilkley (which may or may not have been named Olicana), was at one point the station of the Second Cohort of Lingones, who were originally recruited from among the Lingones tribe inhabiting the Adriatic coast of Northern Italy, the old province of Cisalpine Gaul. They were stationed at Ilkley during the 2nd century AD.

It seems very likely, that the swastika was carved by one of the Lingones Celts during the Romano-British period.
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
9th June 2004ce

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