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Ring cairn 90m ESE of the Great Skirtful of Stones

A Scheduled Monument in Burley, Bradford

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Latitude: 53.8967 / 53°53'48"N

Longitude: -1.7861 / 1°47'9"W

OS Eastings: 414153.079875

OS Northings: 444525.094

OS Grid: SE141445

Mapcode National: GBR HRZC.3W

Mapcode Global: WHC8W.JBP1

Entry Name: Ring cairn 90m ESE of the Great Skirtful of Stones

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 25 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010357

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25285

County: Bradford

Civil Parish: Burley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Menston St John the Divine

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a ring cairn situated c.90m ESE of the Great Skirtful of
Stones. It consists of a low, circular rubble bank 27m in diameter. The bank
width is c.2m and its height is c.0.3m. The bank is partially robbed on the
northern and eastern sides. There is a hollow slightly off centre in the
enclosed area; this may be the result of an earlier excavation.

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.

This cairn is well-preserved and, although disturbed, it retains significant
evidence relating to its original form.

Source: Historic England

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