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Two cairns on Hawksworth Moor, one with an internal cist

A Scheduled Monument in Burley, Bradford

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Latitude: 53.8907 / 53°53'26"N

Longitude: -1.7844 / 1°47'3"W

OS Eastings: 414265.914744

OS Northings: 443858.418537

OS Grid: SE142438

Mapcode National: GBR HRZG.G1

Mapcode Global: WHC8W.KGHN

Entry Name: Two cairns on Hawksworth Moor, one with an internal cist

Scheduled Date: 1 May 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010353

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25281

County: Bradford

Civil Parish: Burley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Guiseley St Oswald King and Martyr

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


This monument includes two stone cairns with central hollows, only 8.6m apart
from centre to centre, situated on Hawksworth Moor.
The more westerly of the two has a diameter of 5.6m, and is 0.7m high, and has
two upright stones in its centre forming part of a burial cist.
The other cairn has a diameter of 7.8m and is 0.7m high, with no visible cist.
By analogy with the adjacent example there is a strong probability that it
too had a cist.

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 disturbed, these cairns still retain important archaeological
evidence of their original form and of the burials placed within them.

Source: Historic England

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