Hi folks,

I came across the following reference on the Keys to the Past website and wonder if any one has any information on this site. Mr Hob tells me that the site doesn’t appear on the MAGIC Map and I can’t find a refererence to it in the Beckensall Archive.

It all sounds rather tasty and I wouldn’t mind having a mooch up there but as a few of you may know, some of the western sites on the Durham SMR are a little, perhaps, over-enthusiastically described.

“Bowlees, Carr Crags; prehistoric ritual site.This unusual monument was probably a religious site in the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age (2500BC to 2000BC). There is a group of rocks arranged in a “keyhole” shape and carved with large cup marks. A huge stone block lies in the centre. There are over 21 rocks, with over 300 cup marks carved into them. Little is known about this site, and there are no others like it in the North East. “


6 Responses to Bowlees

  1. fitzcoraldo99 says:

    Cheers Paul,
    That’s a good point about the height at which rock art occurs.
    I wouldn’t mind a look at a couple of photos it sounds worth a visit.

  2. Stoneman says:

    Hello Fitz

    I have a full set of photos shall i Email them to you for interest ?
    you can post some on the site if you wish
    I think key to P Authors are desk bound and have not visited some of the sites
    Open air rock art is unlikely to be found at this height around Teesdale
    Well done regarding your Street House find

  3. fitzcoraldo99 says:

    That’s excellent cheers Paul.
    I was hoping that my post would draw you out of the woodwork so to speak. I thought that you may have been familiar with the area and kind of guessed from the language “prehistoric ritual site” that it wasn’t one of your finds.

  4. Stoneman says:

    The Carr Crags site is in fact a remarkable geological feature that was created during the last glaciation when water and small loose stone ground the rock surface creating hollows beneath the ice sheets, this is similar to the process that wears the limestone strata as evident in caves and limestone river beds.
    The whole level surface at Carr Craggs collapsed and was crushed by the movement of the ice to form the rock scatter that created its distinctive key hole shape. The site at 593m in height is not confined to one spot, the hollows continue along the entire ridge towards Dora’s seat. Some erosion hollows are small 3-5cm others are large up to 20cm but in assessing the site it’s obvious that some appear in places that are inaccessible, for example there are hollows on one side of a rock in a confined space and fronted by another rock that certainly would not have given enough space for them to have been ‘carved’ by man. The site however is well worth a visit even if just for curiosity and for the glorious views over Teesdale and Weardale!


  5. fitzcoraldo99 says:

    Cheers Brian,
    I’ve spoken to Rich and Graeme about having a traipse up there. I’ll give you a shout out if anything comes of it. We could meet-up in Brough.
    If nothing else it’s a good excuse to re-visit the Lune Head Circle and see if there’s any carvings in that area.


  6. rockartwolf says:

    Hi Fitz,

    sounds interesting,….if you need any help having a mooch around some fields, give us a shout..


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