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The Swastika Stone is a unique carved outcrop of gritstone, measuring about 23 feet (7m) x 10 feet (3 m) on Rombalds Moor above Ilkley. The rock is enclosed by an iron railing on three sides, the fourth being an open vertical face, so it cannot escape. The carving is hard to make out, but is a swirling outline version of the ancient symbol made infamous by Nazi Germany, with a fifth curved arm and cup ring marks decorating the inside of all arms. There is a carved modern copy on a smaller piece of rock.
The carving is believed to date from the Late Neolithic or Bronze Age (c2800-500 BC) and its purpose or meaning is unknown. Rombalds Moor has many remains of prehistoric activity and is particularly rich in rock carvings. Cup rings are a common feature. Some carvings are found close to burials, so may have sacred significance – or they could be simply artwork.
The Swastika Stone will be found on the path known as Millennium Way and is a relatively easy walk from Ilkley. Post code is for a nearby residential area and for guidance only; look at a map.
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