Tuesday, 5 October 2010


High over Shipley Glen, Dobdrudden hill is the highest point over Baildon moor and therefore stands in clear view of Ilkley moor. The look out over the Yorkshire landscape is beautiful, and one can see why our tribal ancestors chose these high places to bury their dead. Dobrudden is a funereal landscape, dotted with cairns and, as a later addition, medieval bell pits lurk in the long grass with deceivingly deep falls. Next to the wall of the caravan park, propped up uncomfortably against a low wall is a beautifully marked stone:

I often wonder if, like pictish stones, the cups reference a lineage or memorialise families. The way cups are grouped, linked together and circled again reminds me of family trees.

1 comment:

  1. A while back while I was reading about the theory that the Earth had passed through a large debris field some 4 to 5 thousand years ago, and possible more than that. The article proposed that, for a time civilization moved into underground dwellings for protection. At the same time, several large civilizations were destroyed very quickly. Well anyway, the cup and ring carvings depicted the impacts with the cup, and the ring(s), the distance and direction. The theory was "catastropism".
    A lage conference on the subject was held in Cambridge, UK in 1997. Check out Society for Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS)