Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Pointer Stone

Pamperdale Moor seems to be randomly scattered with sandstone boulders of various shapes and sizes. In the middle of an area denoted as a Bronze Age field system on the OS map is a triangular stone propped up on another boulder. Apparently, it has a tapered cup mark on it, rock art. It has been suggested that it is a Neolithic “Pointer Stone” indicating the direction of the setting sun at the summer solstice. It has been calculated that in Neolithic times there would have been just a one-degree error. Today the error is 2 degrees, the variation being due to the earth’s rotation. Although tomorrow happens to the shortest day I will have to give testing this theory a miss for this year.

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