Linear inscribed Stone Gilmonby Moor Co Durham

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Found this Linear inscribed stone sitting on top a field wall that crosses an area of open heather moorland.
The top surface is smooth and may be a section of a saddle quern the inscribed lines are random distributed over the top surface could these be the result of cut marks made by a flint tool? Or was the stone reused as prehistoric butchers block? There are many unanswered questions about these markings some are certainly the result of farming practices others exhibit parallel lines and may be barter marks. On some examples are a few lines forming a lattice these could be associated with some form ritual practice.
Whatever use these stones had we can only speculate on this!
Stoneman

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2 Responses to Linear inscribed Stone Gilmonby Moor Co Durham

  1. Could these styrations be the result of glacier movement?

  2. hobsonish says:

    Hiya Stoneman,

    I was remarking to Wolfy the other day about the Lagganmullan carvings that it’d be nice if there was some way of ruling out ploughmarks. It’s the parallel nature that baffles me. Part of me thinks they’d never be totally parallel, another part of me thinks they’d be likely to be so, as animal drawn ploughs would follow the line of the previous year’s plough furrow in the soil.

    The light on that photo makes it look as if there’s a lightly pecked ring. Almost as if someone had thought about it the changed their mind.

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