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Fyfield Down Cup Marked Stone — Miscellaneous

Details of site on Pastscape

Possible cup markings identified on a sarsen in Delling Penning. The stone "is situated within an old field and a few feet from the edge of a baulk running downhill from north west to south east, between the south western corner of Totterdown Wood and Delling Cottage".

SU 135715: Twenty well-preserved cup-markings on the south east slope of a recumbent sarsen stone in Delling Penning. The stone is situated within an old field and a few feet from the edge of a baulk running downhill from north west to south east, between the south western corner of Totterdown Wood and Delling Cottage. (1) The sarsen is at SU 13437152 and is as described by Lacaille. The markings are not easily distinguished, and are of uncertain origin, though they cannot easily be dismissed as natural. Photograph not practicable. (2) Scheduled, National Number 33951. (3)
Chance Posted by Chance
10th November 2012ce

The Polisher — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>The Polisher</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>The Polisher</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>The Polisher</b>Posted by megadread megadread Posted by megadread
30th April 2011ce

Fyfield Down Cup Marked Stone — Fieldnotes

Imo all the markings are natural, for what it's worth.
Sorry.
megadread Posted by megadread
4th July 2010ce

The Polisher — Images

<b>The Polisher</b>Posted by Chance Chance Posted by Chance
21st April 2009ce

The Polisher — Miscellaneous

For those who cannot find this site or cannot walk all the way up here, another although not so grand, polissoir surface can be seen on stone number 19B of the West Kennett Avenue.
As this stone is complete and in the upright position, its use as an axe grinder would have long ceased before it was incorporated into the Avenue
Chance Posted by Chance
21st April 2009ce

The Polisher — Images

<b>The Polisher</b>Posted by megadread megadread Posted by megadread
26th June 2008ce

The Polisher — Miscellaneous

(It seems that Baza's post pre-empts this, but for some reason I hadn't taken in the human implications of it.)

The deep grooves on the polissoir obviously took years of repetitive axe-polishing to produce, perhaps generations' worth. Think of all the people who came to this very stone over and over in their lives, as young people, then bringing their children, then their grandchildren - watching how the axes were polished. They must have been thinking about the passing of time, sharing stories about themselves and their ancestors, the land around them, and how the two fitted together. The polissoir would have been a fixed point of reference in a world where people wouldn't have lived in one place for more than a few seasons or years.

Used as a polissoir in the earlier Neolithic, and containing all this symbolic significance, the stone was eventually stood up on end as a monument in its own right in the later Neolithic. I suppose it then it lost its function as a polissoir, but became purely symbolic of links with the past and the ancestors. Other polisher stones have been incorporated into other monuments relating to the past and the ancestors, as at the West Kennet longbarrow.

(from reading 'Avebury- the biography of a landscape' by Pollard and Reynolds, 2002)
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
6th July 2005ce

Fyfield Down Cup Marked Stone — Images

<b>Fyfield Down Cup Marked Stone</b>Posted by goffik goffik Posted by goffik
4th August 2004ce
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