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Ring cairn 475m south east of the Great Skirtful of Stones

A Scheduled Monument in Burley, Bradford

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Latitude: 53.8945 / 53°53'40"N

Longitude: -1.7817 / 1°46'54"W

OS Eastings: 414441.520362

OS Northings: 444275.216117

OS Grid: SE144442

Mapcode National: GBR JR0D.1P

Mapcode Global: WHC8W.LCSS

Entry Name: Ring cairn 475m south east of the Great Skirtful of Stones

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 25 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010356

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25284

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


The monument includes a ring cairn which has a circular earth and stone bank
c.24m in diameter. The bank is c.2.4m wide and 0.76m high. The site is
bisected by a disused cart track. The fence which crosses the monument is
excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath it is included.

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.
A ring cairn is a prehistoric ritual monument comprising a circular bank of
stones up to 20m in diameter surrounding a central hollow area. The bank may
be kerbed on both sides with small uprights or laid boulders. They are found
mainly in upland areas and may occur singly, in small groups, or in
association with other types of contemporary burial monument. They are
interpreted as ritual monuments of Early and Middle Bronze Age date, although
the nature of the rituals is not fully understood. Excavation has revealed
pits, some containing burials and others containing charcoal and pottery taken
to indicate feasting activities associated with the burial rituals. As a
relatively rare class of monument exhibiting considerable variation in form,
all positively identified examples retaining significant archaeological
deposits are considered worthy of protection.

Although disturbed, this ring cairn still retains important archaeological
evidence of its original form and of the burials placed within it.

Source: Historic England

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