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Beacon Cursus



One of the four cursus (cursii?) that cross the Rudston area, the southern end of Beacon cursus is just about visible as a crop mark next to the Roman road (Woldgate) that runs from Kilham to Bridlington. The same road passes over Beacon mound, a short distance to the west.
While there is not much to see on the ground, the views are interesting, the sea lies to the east, there are extensive views to the south, and the church tower to the north at Rudston now blocks the view of the monolith.
It's worth taking some time here to stand an the start (or is it end) of the cursus and ponder just what the ancients were doing here, its obviously an important area. Just what ceremonies were taking place here? What WERE they thinking?

I visited again in Autumn 2003 to see if the end of the cursus was any more visible in the freshly harvested field – it wasn't. There is a very slight raised bank that can only really be seen by walking backwards and forwards but totally vanishes on photographs. There is however a good aerial shot in Anne Woodward's book 'British Barrows, a matter of Life and Death' ISBN 0 7524 1468 2
Chris Collyer Posted by Chris Collyer
7th April 2002ce
Edited 12th November 2003ce

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