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Ring cairn on Slipper Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood, Lancashire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.7911 / 53°47'27"N

Longitude: -2.1767 / 2°10'35"W

OS Eastings: 388458.733676

OS Northings: 432764.178702

OS Grid: SD884327

Mapcode National: GBR FS7L.KR

Mapcode Global: WHB7Y.JZQ2

Entry Name: Ring cairn on Slipper Hill

Scheduled Date: 12 November 1928

Last Amended: 8 June 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009112

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23723

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Details

The monument includes a ring cairn located on Slipper Hill a short distance
south west of Hell Clough. It includes a slightly oval ring of six stones
which originally formed part of a ring bank. These stones, the largest of
which is 0.45m wide by 0.2m high, enclose an area measuring 11.7m NNE-SSW by
10.4m ENE-WSW. Limited antiquarian investigation of the monument in 1887
located calcined human bones.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

A ring cairn is a prehistoric ritual monument comprising a circular bank of
stones up to 20m in diameter surrounding a hollow central area. The bank may
be kerbed on the inside, and sometimes on the outside as well, with small
uprights or laid boulders. Ring cairns are found mainly in upland areas of
England and are mostly discovered and authenticated by fieldwork and ground
level survey, although a few are large enough to be visible on aerial
photographs. They often occur in pairs or small groups of up to four examples.
Occasionally they lie within round barrow cemeteries. Ring cairns are
interpreted as ritual monuments of Early and Middle Bronze Age date. The exact
nature of the rituals concerned is not fully understood, but excavation has
revealed pits, some containing burials and others containing charcoal and
pottery, taken to indicate feasting activities associated with the burial
rituals. Many areas of upland have not yet been surveyed in detail and the
number of ring cairns in England is not accurately known. However, available
evidence indicates a population of between 250 and 500 examples. As a
relatively rare class of monument exhibiting considerable variation in form,
all positively identified examples retaining significant archaeological
deposits are considered worthy of preservation.

Despite a combination of limited antiquarian investigation and some robbing of
material from the ring bank, the ring cairn on Slipper Hill survives
reasonably well. This investigation located human remains, and further
evidence of interments will exist at this monument.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Barnes, B, Man and the changing landscape, (1982), 100
'Trans Lancs & Chesh Antiq Soc' in Proceedings - Stone Circles at Entwistle and Turton, , Vol. II, (1893), 158
Other
FMW Report, Capstick, B, Ring Mound and Stone Circle on Slipper Hill, (1993)
Title: Blackburn, Burnley & surrounding area
Source Date: 1988
Author:
Publisher:
Surveyor:
Landranger 103

Source: Historic England

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