The Stanbury Hill Project

Dr Keith Boughey studies one of the cup and ring rocks found on Bingley Moor

Keith Boughey (Prehistoric Rock art of the West Riding book) Emailed details of a new rock art related project he is involved with. I am sure he will not mind a few details being posted here.

The Stanbury Hill Project:
Archaeological Investigation of a Rock art site

Located on the edge of Bingley Moor overlooking Bingley and the Aire Valley, sits Stanbury Hill, a broad gentle sweep of dry higher ground overlooking Fenny Shaw Beck to the north and the slack of White Flush to the south: an ideal place for prehistoric settlement with broad commanding views all round and streams providing a supply of fresh water to both sides.
On this small hill less than 0.25km2 in area are no less than 22 separate archaeological sites or features: beginning with 18 examples of prehistoric rock art believed to date from the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age, at least 6 possible Early Bronze Age ‘burial cairns’, several lines of possible prehistoric walling, as well as the find-spots for Late Neolithic flint tools – all dating from 2,500-2,000 B.C.

The Stanbury Hill Project, a collaboration between Bingley & District Local Historical Society and the Department of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford, has been set up to investigate the site. With the aid of a grant of £49,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), it aims to engage local people in their past by allowing them to participate directly in the project, to gain skills in archaeological investigation and learn more about their past. Members of the society and other volunteers, supervised by archaeological staff from the University of Bradford, will:

* carry out topographic, photographic and geophysical surveys
* excavate at least one of the rock art panels, at least one of the possible cairns and some of the other features
* help with post-excavation recording and analysis
* disseminate results via exhibitions, talks and publications
* involve local societies and schools

The project will be officially launched at a public meeting to be held at the Eldwick Village Memorial Hall on Saturday, 20th September, from 10.30-12.00. Work will begin during the late summer of 2008 and will hopefully be completed before the end of 2009.
For further information about the project, please see the Bingley & District Local Historical Society web-site at:

Cupstones (Greame C.)


One Response to The Stanbury Hill Project

  1. rockartuk says:

    Thanks for the info Greame, we hope for a lot of new finds in that special area.
    I took the liberty to place a photo of Keith Boughey with a Bingley Moor stone on top of your post. The photo was taken from the Bradford Telegraph & Argus of September 4th 2008 (
    Richard contributed some nice ones to BRAC in July 2006:
    Thanks again and keep us posted please!

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