Buck Woods Carving (02), Thackley, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Cup-Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference – SE 17473 39152

Getting Here

Buck Woods cup-marks

Follow the same directions as if you’re visiting the largest and most ornate of the Buck Woods carvings. Once there, notice the green field on the other side of the wall less than 50 yards away. Walk towards the wall, about 20 yards from the Buck Woods 1 carving, keeping your eyes peeled for a flat mossy stone.  You’ll find it!

Archaeology & History

Close-up of the cups

A nice simple, almost cute cup-marked stone—not included in the Boughey & Vickerman (2003) survey—with three simple cups running almost in a straight line from the middle of this long stone to its outward, eastern edge.  One of the good features of this and its associated carvings is the setting amidst which it’s found. We tend to associate these carvings with open moorland, where many now live, but when they were first carved they were surrounded by woodland and much more: important ingredients relevant to understanding the nature of these curious carvings…

© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian

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