Rock Art and Ritual : Interpretive Studies Within Prehistoric Landscapes of the North York Moors

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: The History Press
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Following a devastating fire in 2003, an area of moorland above Robin Hoods Bay on the North Yorshire coast was laid bare, revealing a fascinating and previously unrecorded landscape. Brain Smith and Alan Walker have spent hundreds of hours locating and plotting the newly exposed features with particular regard to the many curiously marked prehistoric stones.

Author Biography

Alan Walker and Brain Smith are Independent Researchers, They have contributed to a number of archaeological publications, both locally and nationally, and have actively promoted local interest in prehistoric rock art and, crucially, its place and significance in the wider landscape. Both are members of the Teesside Archaeological Society and have been involved in a large number of excavations and surveys in this area and beyond.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
The Foundation Stones
Ghosts of prehistoric pathwaysp. 15
Rock motifs and glaciersp. 24
Flint on a flatbedp. 30
The Cosmos Emerges
The Brow Moor monumentp. 37
The Wainstones: Prehistoric link between sky and earthp. 53
Adventures In Archaeoastronomy
The pointersp. 76
The countersp. 93
The Bigger Picture
Ritual landscapes and rebirth 1: The 'No Cairns Corridor'p. 108
Ritual landscapes and rebirth 2: The sacred hillsp. 117
Summary and conclusionp. 142
Northern North York Moors vegetation history to the Middle Bronze Agep. 147
Reading the rocksp. 151
Indexp. 157
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