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    New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

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    Paulus

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    New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  Paulus on Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:22 pm

    Well, aar Mikki's nose has been hard at work again today. We were checking over some old bitsa rock art that are in the text-books, when she came wandering over, all wet & covered in muck, with that gleam in her eye, beaming about some carvings nearby. Here's one of 'em below:



    It reminded me a little of the Tree of Life Stone up Askwith-way, but on this one we find the central trunk of the tree is a natural crack that runs up the middle of the rock. Up the 'trunk' are several short branches with cup-marks on either side. Altogether there are at least 12 cups and one ring, with several curious lines, some of which seem geophysical in nature, but some are obviously man-made. She uncovered the rock beneath loads of earth (you couldn't actually see the rock initially) and it hadn't seen the light of the fresh air for a few centuries. But as you can see, the carvings covered in muck. We've covered the stone back over and are gonna return to to it in the coming weeks to clean it up and see what more we can make out.

    Oooh - and another barely-visible rock less than 2 yards east was also found to have 5-6 archetypal cups on it: two on the top section and 3 at the bottom.

    lowergate

    Join date: 2010-11-01
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    Location: CLITHEROE

    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  lowergate on Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:10 pm

    A superb find for Paulus & Mikki.

    This day the 'fates' have been with the three of us & good Fortuna she smiled.

    Again, superb find. Make a drawing & maybe an interpretation will come forth.

    Well done to both of you!

    Best regards

    john

    Sunbright57

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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  Sunbright57 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:40 pm

    Oh my my this is a good find, looks very like 'The Tree of Life' similiar in a way to the cross in Whalley churchyard (Cross no 1). Well done both of you.Very Happy

    QDanT

    Join date: 2011-05-29
    Location: Earby used to be in Yorkshire

    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  QDanT on Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:14 pm

    Paulus wrote:Well, aar Mikki's nose has been hard at work again today. We were checking over some old bitsa rock art that are in the text-books, when she came wandering over, all wet & covered in muck, with that gleam in her eye, beaming about some carvings nearby.
    Well done indeed Very Happy but I bet you don't get the Gold-foil TNA Chocolate Medal Sad
    cheers Danny aka Mr Cheesecake


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    lowergate

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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  lowergate on Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:47 pm

    nice Danny & Teddy, love it

    Mikki & Paulus are true gems, treasured freinds, )along with the poet 'DeadEndDave'( bugger knows me well after 50 very odd years for such as me to state this( let us all ride on to a great and rewarding future - and thank Mikki & Paulus for putting such a *&^5*** site together for the benifit of humankink (humanknd I think I mean ... or do I ? ...) Great for TNA, great for all those buggers who follow are or our wayword wanderings .... true dervish style ....

    Love you all

    HOWLIN' DERVISH

    john

    mikki

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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  mikki on Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:39 pm

    I must say thanks to all!! It has been another great day.
    I have to add that while it was absolutely pissing it down with rain fedup , I found the stone under inches of earth and spent a good half hour getting covered in muck (mud-bath style) uncovering it while the midges (Yorkshire midges - truly hard buggers, still out biting in the heavy rain!) were swarming around torturing me and savaging every piece of flesh that was exposed midges . Paulus - meanwhile - was with Paul "level crossing" Hornby in Ilkley town center shopping! They were nowhere to be seen!!!

    Mikki xx

    lowergate

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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  lowergate on Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:48 pm


    Sound lass Mikki

    j

    Sunbright57

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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  Sunbright57 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:51 pm

    Mikki, I just love these emotocons or whatever there called, brilliant to watch and very funny. Could do with some of them putting on TNA proper for folk to use.Rolling Eyes

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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  Admin on Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:09 pm

    Sunbright57 wrote:Mikki, I just love these emotocons or whatever there called, brilliant to watch and very funny. Could do with some of them putting on TNA proper for folk to use.Rolling Eyes

    We will have a look at that and see if we can enable such a thing.

    mikki

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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  mikki on Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:16 pm

    Sunbright57 wrote:Mikki, I just love these emotocons or whatever there called, brilliant to watch and very funny. Could do with some of them putting on TNA proper for folk to use.Rolling Eyes

    Ray, they are on here already!

    When you type a reply into the message box, there is a box to the left which contains loads of this smilies. If you scroll down that box - you will see more like these ones - mad-bob whizzing barmybennettexpediti headagainstwall

    Oh and the rude one wanking This is reserved for the elite!!!

    Mikki

    xx spinning

    Sunbright57

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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  Sunbright57 on Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:30 am

    Thanks Admin, would be great to be able to put them on with comments. Cheers.

    Mikki, I wasn't quite sure what the rude one was doing - but I know now, oh my god !!!

    Paulus

    Join date: 2009-08-20
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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  Paulus on Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:19 pm

    We've been back up and had a look at this little fella today and, with slightly better lighting conditions, found there's more on this and another stone close by. We're going back up again in the coming week and do some rubbings of the two carvings, get better images and draw the design - and will thereafter add their profiles to TNA. Cool

    QDanT

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    Relief

    Post  QDanT on Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:51 pm

    Hi here's applying a "relief" filter to the photo, so if you oiled the stone and poured Plaster on it



    cheers Danny


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    Paulus

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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  Paulus on Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:04 pm

    Wink I like it Danny! spot-on Looks a bit like those photogrammatry images they're spending a fortune on to get pretty pictures of the carvings, like this 'n:

    http://megalithix.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/morphing-stone-nikon-morphing14.jpg

    I hear there's some freebie photogrammetry software floating about, but I dunno how to use it. Twouldst be good to try some out. Any ideas?

    Paulus

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    Re: New Cup and Ring stones Discovered near Ilkley

    Post  Paulus on Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:07 pm

    I'll email you some more photos to play round with tomorrow Danny, once I've sorted those I took of the carving today. Photoshop 'em at your leisure and see if owt comes out. Wink

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