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Calton Gill round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Flasby with Winterburn, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0112 / 54°0'40"N

Longitude: -2.0559 / 2°3'21"W

OS Eastings: 396431.183629

OS Northings: 457249.03013

OS Grid: SD964572

Mapcode National: GBR GQ21.PT

Mapcode Global: WHB71.DF6R

Entry Name: Calton Gill round cairn

Scheduled Date: 26 July 1973

Last Amended: 3 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010441

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24489

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Flasby with Winterburn

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Gargrave St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument is situated on a slight north east facing slope above Calton
Gill, a tributary of Eshton Beck. It includes a turf covered mound 0.9m high
and 14m in diameter. The mound has a smooth profile and survives in good
condition. The mound was originally surrounded by a ditch 2m wide. This has
become infilled over the years and is no longer visible as an earthwork

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

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.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. 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. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.

Although the monument has sustained slight damage it is still a well preserved
example of this monument type.

Source: Historic England

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