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Southernmost of two cairns east of Glovershaw quarry

A Scheduled Monument in Bingley, Bradford

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Latitude: 53.8566 / 53°51'23"N

Longitude: -1.802 / 1°48'7"W

OS Eastings: 413118.81245

OS Northings: 440057.461493

OS Grid: SE131400

Mapcode National: GBR HRVV.N8

Mapcode Global: WHC92.9B49

Entry Name: Southernmost of two cairns east of Glovershaw quarry

Scheduled Date: 29 December 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009725

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25276

County: Bradford

Civil Parish: Bingley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Baildon St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a subcircular cairn situated on boggy ground east of
Glovershaw quarry. This is the southernmost of two such cairns. In appearance
it has characteristics of a ring cairn; it is a low subcircular bank of earth
and stones.
This bank is a maximum of 0.6m high and 1.5m wide; it encloses an area 9m in
diameter. This present form is largely the result of partial excavation which
has removed the centre of the original round cairn, leaving just the outer
margin of the mound. This cairn was surrounded by a ditch which is now largely
in-filled but remains visible as a shallow depression on the north east side,
0.4m wide and c.0.15m deep.
Although this cairn is known to have been excavated in 1949, it seems, that
the cairn was not excavated below ground level, but was `uncovered'; the turf
and soil being removed down to the `hidden boulders'.

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

Rombalds Moor is an eastern outlier of the main Pennine range lying between
the valleys of the Wharfe and the Aire. The bulk of this area of 90 sq km of
rough moorland lies over 200m above sea level. The moor is particularly rich
in remains of prehistoric activity. The most numerous relics are the rock
carvings which can be found on many of the boulders and outcrops scattered
across the moor. Burial monuments, stone circles and a range of enclosed
settlements are also known.
Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are the stone
equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable
variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. A substantial proportion of surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

Although partially excavated, this cairn will still retain important evidence
of its original form and of the burials placed within it.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Archaeology Group Bulletin' in Archaeology Group Bulletin, , Vol. 7/1, (1962), 2
'Report 1949 - 1952' in Cartwright Memorial Hall Museum Archaelogy Group Report, (1952), 1

Source: Historic England

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