The Elizabethan Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire showing the Rollright Stones
 
Writing in The Art Newspaper today Emily Sharpe reports that –

 

The cleaning of an Elizabethan tapestry map has revealed what may be the earliest depiction of the Rollright Stones, a series of Neolithic and Bronze Age megaliths in the English Midlands, says Maggie Wood, the keeper of social history at Warwickshire Museum. What appears to be a small stone circle is now visible in the lower right-hand corner of the Sheldon Tapestry Map of Warwickshire. Other details, including tiny cottages nestled among the trees, are also now visible. The textile was cleaned and conserved in 2011 in preparation for its inclusion in the British Museum’s exhibition “Shakespeare: Staging the World” (until 25 November).*

Detail of the Rollright Stones in the lower right-hand corner of the tapestry
 
 
A lecture by Maggie Wood, Keeper of Social History, Warwickshire Museum Service at the British Museum in July first mentions the presence of the Rollright Stones on the tapestry; “The Rollright Stones, a Neolithic monument built at a similar time to Stonehenge, appear on the tapestry in the lower right corner. They are very hard to spot! This is probably the first known visual depiction of this ancient site.” More information on the tapestry and it’s conservation by Maggie Wood here.

 

* Full article here. There is also a 14th century manuscript (thought to be the earliest known account of the stones) in the library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. See our earlier feature here.