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Ecclesall Woods

Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art


Council worker stumbles across 3,000-year-old carving

From The Star (South Yorkshire):

"PREHISTORIC art 3,000 years old was discovered by chance in woodland by a council worker while carrying out routine maintenance work.
John Gilpin, a woodlands officer in the Parks and Countryside department, stumbled upon the find in Ecclesall Woods.

He discovered a boulder with a series of markings, lines and cuts - which, after being examined by experts, has been declared a significant archaeological find.

Jim McNeil, of South Yorkshire Archaeological Service, said: "I was called in and recorded the discovery, taking photographs.

"I have taken advice from a specialist who considers this to be an important piece of prehistoric rock art. This is the second example of such rock art from Ecclesall Woods, although other examples are known from the Peak District and further north in the Pennines."

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baza Posted by baza
30th June 2010ce

Comments (3)

It would be good to see a pic of the engraving . tiompan Posted by tiompan
30th June 2010ce
There was talk some years ago about a second carved stone somewhere in the woods but I don't think it was ever published, I wonder if this is the same stone? Chris Collyer Posted by Chris Collyer
1st July 2010ce
I've e-mailed SYAS and the council parks office, as soon as i get the location i'll be up there for a look see.
So frustrating, this is only 3 miles away from me but might aswell be on the moon atm. : /
megadread Posted by megadread
4th July 2010ce
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