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I live and work in the North York Moors area

I'm a qualified hedgelayer and have laid hedges in Ireland, Holland and in the UK. I'm also a drystone waller and have built houses (and walls), garden features, gate entrances in Ireland, Australia and in England.

I've been told I'm a bit of walling and hedgelaying nerd. But I don't mind it because it's normal. Doesn't everyone stop and take pictures of these when they are on holiday?

Some of the site contains my work along with pictures of hedges, walls and walling features from places I've visited. It should be pretty obvious which is my work.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Archaeology find?

This is the third of these I've found this past year.  All on the moorland boundary wall at Howdale.  I thought it was a 'cup-marked-stone', maybe four or five thousand year old. These stones are common enough in the UK, Ireland and elsewhere.
However the archeologist from our national park thought that it was a stone which was used at the base of a base stone socket for a door to swing on - a heel stone. These too were once common in farms/houses and I've even heard of discarded circular grind stones being used for them too in Ireland. I don't think this example was ever been used as the inside was perfectly unworn. It's now recorded and back in the wall it came from.  (Howdale).  There was a very old and partially blocked field entrance in the location where I found it.  These were used before gates were hung using hinges were fixed to stooks using lead.

And here is a cup marked stone.  This one is also from the same wall at Howdale.

There were some archeologists working on Brow Moor, so I took this picture and one of them confirmed it was a cupmarked stone.

This one is back in the wall too.

(The coin is a 50p )

(right)  On the right hand side of this lintel over the sheep creep is a cup and ring marked stone.  Its in the same stretch of wall as the above two examples.  Although I rebuilt this length of wall the same year (2012) as I found these other stones, I only noticed the marks this during the summer this year  when passing by.  (grid ref NZ955016)