Middleton Moor Carving (449), North Yorkshire

Cup-Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference – SE 10935 51309

Getting Here

Follow the same directions to find the Middleton Moor carvings of 441, 445, or others close by.  If you can get to carving 445, then you’re about 20 yards northeast away from this one!  A bittova upright stone, with another undecorated smooth flat rock about one-foot away.

Archaeology & History

Amidst the clump of other carvings on top of the ridge at the head of Delves Beck on the southern side of Dryas Dike, is this small standing-stone-like rock, which has a distinct single cup-marking right on the topmost part of the stone.  In certain lighting conditions it seems that there may have been a partial surrounding-ring on its top, or perhaps a smaller faded cup by its side.  It’s hard to tell — so let’s play safe and just stick with it being a single-cup stone for the time being!


  1. Boughey, Keith & Vickerman, E.A., Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding, WYAS 2003.

© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian

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