Ingleborough’s Placed Stones.

David Johnson, John Asher, Sheila Gordon & Allan Pentecost
 North Craven 
 Heritage Trust 

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust/ Stories in Stone (2020)

This report came as a revelation to me. I am ashamed to admit that I have never noticed these standing stones on the limestone pavements in the environs of Ingleborough. Though the megalithic monuments, such as at Avebury and Stonehenge, have been surveyed and studied for centuries the ‘miniliths’ of our limestone pavements have largely slipped under the radar. These stones were rammed into the grikes and are still held fast – some have small stones wedged in to ensure the slabs remain in place. In all the survey covered 19 pavements and identified 128 of these features. The first 40 pages are devoted to recording these stones. There then follows fascinating sections on the interpretation and analysis of the results with a discussion of the various hypotheses with some well reasoned speculation.

This book will appeal to archaeologists & landscape historians and there are helpful ideas for further investigation both in the Dales and further afield. The section on the lichens will also be of interest to naturalists.