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Rudston Cursus B

Hob Uid: 1036040
Location :
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire
Rudston
Grid Ref : TA0790066700
Summary : One of a group of 4 Neolithic cursus monuments. The cursus is visible as a cropmark along a dry valley floor. The end of the cursus is probably concealed by Rudston village. The cursus is 1550 metres long by 65-80 metres wide. It has been suggested that cursus B and cursus D may be part of the same cursus that bends somewhere under the village, but this is unlikely, as it would require a change of angle of around 60 degrees.
More information : Aerial photographs taken by Dr St Joseph show three cursuses around the village of Rudston. To avoid confusion the cususes were called 'A' (TA 06 NE 19), 'B' and 'C' (TA 06 NE 47).

The squared, tapering end of Cursus B is visible as a cropmark just over a mile WSW of the church. The cursus can be traced for 700 yards to the NE heading roughly towards the Rudston Monolith (TA 06 NE 13). The width of the cursus is approximately 90 yards. No surface remains survive in this intensively ploughed area. (1)

The Rudston spur is the focus of three cursus monuments, a fourth cursus 'D' (TA 06 ne 48) occupying the floor of the Great Wold Valley. The terminus of Cursus B must lie on the spur but is lost in the pattern of the medieval village. The date of the monuments has still to be confirmed, Cursus A must predate the secondary Beaker-accompanied burials on its southern terminus. (2)

(TA 092674-TA 079 667 sited from plan and OS 1:10,000) A map has been drawn of the Rudston Cursus monuments from aerial photographs. This shows more of the cursuses than the plan published by Dymond (1) but is still not complete. The ends of both cursus B and D are apparently hidden by Rudston village. It could be suggested that these are two parts of the same cursus which bends through an angle of about 60 degrees, though this seems unlikely. (3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
Source details : Dymond, DP, Ritual Monuments at Rudston, E Yorkshire, England.
Page(s) : 93
Figs. : Y
Plates : Y
Vol(s) : 32
Source Number : 2
Source : Archaeology in eastern Yorkshire : essays in honour of T C M Brewster
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Page(s) : 65-6
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Source Number : 3
Source : Archaeology in eastern Yorkshire : essays in honour of T C M Brewster
Source details :
Page(s) : 91
Figs. : Y
Plates : Y
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Source Number : 4
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Loveday, R E, 1985 Cursuses and Related Monuments of the British Neolithic. Unpublished PhD, University of Leicester
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Source Number : 5
Source : Pathways and Ceremonies: the cursus monuments of Britain and Ireland
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Page(s) : 30-Sep
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Neolithic
Display Date : Neolithic
Monument End Date : -2200
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Cursus
Evidence : Cropmark

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TA 06 NE 46
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1036047
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 79482
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 1036049
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 79500
Relationship type : Is referred to by

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : THE GYPSEY RACE VALLEY
Activity type : DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
Start Date : 2001-01-01
End Date : 2005-12-31