Swastika Stone

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Coordinates: 53°55′08″N 1°51′43″W / 53.91889°N 1.86194°W / 53.91889; -1.86194

A photograph of the original stone, its replica carving and the view it overlooks from Woodhouse Crag.
The Ilkley Moor design is similar to the Camunian rose of Sellero, Italy

The Swastika Stone is a stone adorned with a Swastika located on the Woodhouse Crag, on the Northern edge of Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire. The design has a double outline with five curved arms enclosing several so-called 'cup' marks, the like of which can be found on other stones nearby.

The design is unique in the British Isles, so its close similarity to Camunian rose designs in Italy have led some to theorize that the two are connected. In fact, the troops stationed in Ilkley during Roman occupation were recruited from the Celtic Lingones. This tribe was native to Gaul, but in around 400 BCE, some migrated across the Alps to the Adriatic coast. Some believe the Ilkley Lingones were recruited from here rather than from Gaul. It is possible that the Italian Lingones passed through the Valcamonica region at some point, took on the swastika designs they found as part of their tribal symbolism, and carved it on the nearby moor when stationed in Ilkley.[1]

UK children's author Terry Deary has suggested the carving depicts a boomerang.[2]

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  1. ^ Verbeia, 1 September 2009, retrieved 23 January 2011 
  2. ^ Whitehouse, Dr David (10 May 2004). "Boomerangs a 'British invention'". BBC News Online (BBC). Retrieved 9 June 2009. 

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