|29 June 2010
Ancient stone carving found in South Yorkshire
Prehistoric art 3,000 years old was discovered by chance in woodland by a South Yorkshire council worker while carrying out routine maintenance work. John Gilpin, a woodlands officer in the Parks and Countryside department, stumbled upon the find in Ecclesall Woods, an area of woodland in south-west Sheffield (England). He discovered a boulder with a series of markings, lines and cuts - which, after being examined by experts, has been declared a significant archaeological find.
Jim McNeil, of South Yorkshire Archaeological Service, said: "I was called in and recorded the discovery, taking photographs. I have taken advice from a specialist who considers this to be an important piece of prehistoric rock art. This is the second example of such rock art from Ecclesall Woods, although other examples are known from the Peak District and further north in the Pennines."
The previous discovery of prehistoric rock art in Ecclesall Woods was in 1983. The only other example nearby is at Gardom's Edge, north of Baslow in the Peak District.
Source: The Star (26 June 2010)
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