I regularily try and drop in on the Devil’s Arrows at Boroughbridge I’m sure most of you are aware of them and possibly have visited them.
So here’s the thing, cup marks? are they or aren’t they?
I’ve been sat on the fence over this issue for a number of years and when I mention it to other rock art folk, I get the none commital “well, sort-of, hmmm, I see what you mean” attitude.
So I guess it’s time to come off the fence and maybe stimulate a debate.
I don’t think these marks have a natural origin
My reasons for questioning this are;
- That the ‘cups’ only occur from ground level to about 5-6- feet from the ground, ie. they are not uniform ,weathered features.
- There are some ‘cups’ on the southern stone, none on the central stone and quite a few on the northern stone, therefore, again the distribution is not uniform, indicting that the origin may not be geological.
- The distribution of ‘cups’ around the stones themselves is not uniform, the southern faces of the southern and northern stone seem to be the face of choice
- It is possible that many of these ‘cups’ could be caused by gunshot but again their distribution is not uniform across the stones both horizontically and vertically and no ‘cups’ to be seen over the 6 foot mark. The size of the ‘cups’ also varies and the cups themselves are quite smooth and ‘cup-like’ in profile .
- This is an area where a prehistoric rock carving tradition exists.
I realise that this is not a watertight case for these ‘cups’ being prehistoric in origin and like I say, I’m just trying to stimulate a little debate.