Hey, this too is interesting as I hadn't noticed the second depression almost dew(haha) north of the dew pond by the gate. Wonder if it was a pond barrow? No mention of it anywhere when I was researching the enclosure. Also this shows just how faint the bank is in the northern sector. Again, many thanks!
Having just added this site it's really interesting to see it like this. It's actually bigger than I presumed, even after looking at the satellite image, could even be two rings though the edge of the copse might be giving a 'false' ring. Thanks so much for posting this.
First the good news....The drainage inside seems to work even after the heavy rain we have had recently.....The small infill dry-stone walling in the facade has been repaired.
Not so good (temporary?) news.....The wide access path up has been torn to shreds and rutted. Presumably this will be re-instated.
Now the "If only they had asked me" news.....The old concrete slab over the end chamber has been replaced with a much thicker one. The only light coming in is through a tiny vertical ' porthole' less than 9 inches in diameter (muddied over on the surface) and down a tube through the thick concrete. It makes much of the chamber invisible without a torch. There is a similar 'porthole' further east. The old lighting made the interior mysterious, the new makes it just gloomy......On top, the thick concrete has been covered by a scrape of soil and turfed. I give this 6 months before the turf dies of drought and is eroded by footfall back to the concrete. This area has the heaviest usage outside the barrow........Access to the top is now by 10 shallow wooden-edged steps, unfortunately because of this shallowness the treads slope and the shingle covering them will quickly migrate downhill, this might be alleviated by doubling the number of steps. However improving the lighting would involve drilling another 'porthole' through the thick concrete. Don't hold your breath.
It's difficult to know what this expensive "Repair" was meant to achieve. Was the old roof dangerous?
I hope someone else can inspect this well-loved site and report.
Of course everyone is entitled to an opinion ,that's why I expressed mine .
Nothing wrong with putting forward an hypothesis and similarly nothing wrong with pointing out perceved problems with hypotheses .
Yes ,the engravings have intrigued many for a long time , the famous 120 (or is it 110 ?) list from Morris gets a small number of additions over the years ,but I don't believe any examples from the thousands of potential examples in the UK Ireland have ever been proved to be convincing maps of the local landscape or heavens .
I would suggest that the penannular does define the enclosed engravings but does not represent a territorial /natural boundary .
As you'll no doubt appreciate, Mr Cane, very difficult to capture anything with that light contrast... in retrospect my previous posts were too light. If at first you don't succeed... have another go and maybe get a little closer :-)
It doesn't help that the markings are not too clear but I don't think your plan is similar to what is seen on the stone . If we accept the 2003 D.A.J. drawing as being close it is quite different .
Further problems are the unlikeliness of a bird's eye view as opposed to the more obvious "view from " .
Where are the precedents ? Others have claimed that some motifs in UK/Irish rock art motifs depict landscapes and sometimes represenations of the sky but they have always failed the test . If you have four or five cups or raised sections they could be argued to represent anything .
Where is the boundary i.e. the penannular ,in the landscape . ? If it represents a particular territory we might expect some obvious natural markers for that , e.g. streams , big rocks etc .
Please find enclosed images/interpretative sketch to show an aerial interpretation of the countryside to the south-south west of the Ladybower tor site...Win/Crook hills, rivers Derwent and Ashop, the Moscar/Bamford moors and Stanage edge with a step up onto Hallam moor
If you take the panorama view , also potentially represented by the penannular for those who might consider the motif as a boundary in a "map " ,the highest horizons ,seen from the site , are the local ones to the west and around to the north north east ,which appear twice as high as Stanage etc . If the "mounds " on the motif represent hills then they are the highest features .