The village of Rudston in Yorkshire, map reference TA099658, stands in the centre of what must have been an important locality for the people of neolithic times. The area is littered with earthworks in the shapes of long banks, tumuli, and other curious shapes such as the one at TA099658, which resembles a capital letter 'F' in plan view. Unfortunately, although they are shown on the map many are now only visible as crop marks, the letter 'F' can just about be discerned, and only then by careful reference to the map.

At the risk of seeming more interested than is rationally justifiable by piles of earth, I have the 1840 edtion map of the area (thanks dad) which shows many more earthworks than present day maps do, reinforcing the evidence for the area being one of high importance for the ancient residents of the area. I do not know why they would pick this particular spot as it seems unremarkable over much of the rest of the county.

Of course the main feature of the Rudston landscape remaining to us from Neolithic times is the tallest standing stone in Britain. I have details of that on another page.