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Rudston Cursus C

Hob Uid: 1036047
Location :
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire
Rudston
Grid Ref : TA0990068000
Summary : One of a group of 4 prehistoric cursus monuments, Cursus C is visible as a cropmark. The cursus is 1480 metres long and 50-60 metres wide, though neither of the terminals are visible. The western end of the cursus fades out near the York road and to the east the ditches disappear into the Bridlington Gate Plantation. Two trenches were excavated by Kinnes in 1978 but no artifacts were recovered. The cursus crosses Gypsey Race at right angles.
More information : Air photographs taken by Dr St Joseph show three cursus monuments around Rudston village. To avoid confusion these have been called A (TA 06 NE 19), B (TA 06 NE 46) and C.

Cursus C is visible as two parallel ditches, about 60 yards apart, running E-W immediately north of the village. The western end fades out near the York road and to the east the ditches disapear into the Bridlington Gate Plantation. (1)

The Rudston Monolith (TA 06 NE 13) stands on a spur in the angle of the Great Wold Valley. This spur is the focus of three cursus monuments and a fourth cursus 'D' (TA 06 NE 48) occupies the floor of the Great Wold valley. Cursus 'C' passes to the north of the monolith and converges with Cursus 'A' to the east. The date of the cursuses still has to be confirmed but 'A' must predate the Beaker-accompanied secondary burials at its southern terminus. (2)

(TA 099680-TA 089680 sited from plan and OS 1:10000) A map has been drawn of the four cursus monuments at Rudston. This shows more detail than the plan published by Dymond (1) but is still not complete. Neither end of Cursus 'C' can be traced with certainty. (3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
Source details : Dymond, DP, 'Ritual Monuments at Rudston, E Yorkshire, England'
Page(s) : 93-4
Figs. : Y
Plates : Y
Vol(s) : 32
Source Number : 2
Source : Archaeology in eastern Yorkshire : essays in honour of T C M Brewster
Source details : Manby, TG, (ed) 'Archaeology of Eastern Yorkshire'
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 : Manby, TG, (ed) 'Archaeology in Eastern Yorkshire'
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 Curses 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 47
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1036040
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