Carved Rock Found on Moorland

Large, flat rock found on moorland with etched patterns

I’m sharing a puzzle with you today: a patterned rock we found a few years ago, somewhere in the North of England. Don’t ask me precisely where, because I’m not sure. It was one of many small treats you find on a moorland walk. If you tend to see things in patterns, there’s scope for the imagination in its ornate surface. 

For me, there is one baleful eye, with an unrelated, more amenable  Bleep-like character immediately above it (Bleep was the alien spaceman from planet Myron in Bleep and Booster).

Alien carved on rock

I’ve cut out the section here, but enlarging it does not help. To find the alien (roughly centre), look for an eye, then a crooked but generous smile, and two antennae above.

Setting aliens from outer space carved on rocks aside, isn’t it a wonderful piece of stone? My feet got in the way of the picture, but I’ll let myself off as they help convey the size of the rock.

There could be a natural reason for its beautiful surface – the remains of old sea plants, perhaps – or it may have been carved, long ago. My guess, until someone corrects me, is the latter.

39 Replies to “Carved Rock Found on Moorland”

  1. I see a scowling pirate complete with pirate hat and eye patch. This is hilarious. I absolutely vote for carved rather than accidental, and I think the wily sculptor was imagining just such future debate over what was in the lines. I bet she was chuckling the whole time she worked on it.

    Thanks for the explanation of Bleep. Another literary reference I didn’t know!

    1. I am not sure Bleep counts as literature, although I was a great admirer as a child. I can’t really see the pirate, although there is an exploding volcano.

  2. I have seen patterns like that on rocks in the U.K. and Canada. I’ve often wondered if they’re fossilized tracks of ancient worms/eels/snakes.

  3. Whatever the reason for the carvings, it’s a truly wonderful find. Don’t ask too many questions of it, just accept it for what it is, a magical bit of stone.

  4. So interesting! I saw the Grinch’s face (the oval around Bleep making the outline of his face and the antennae his arched eyebrows). It would be fun to see the rock with the “carvings” filled in. Would love to know more!

    1. I wonder if a trail would last long enough to fossilise. I was reading that some fungi eat stone, though I doubt that they munch it in patterns.

  5. My guess is metamorphosed sedimentary rock… the lines, possibly plant or mineral matter, that is softer and eroded before the other harder surrounding stone, leaving the appearance of lines. We see them around here as well, looking distinctly plant-like.

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