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Pikedaw Hill southern cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Malham, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.0695 / 54°4'10"N

Longitude: -2.1798 / 2°10'47"W

OS Eastings: 388330.050504

OS Northings: 463747.570106

OS Grid: SD883637

Mapcode National: GBR FP6C.WY

Mapcode Global: WHB6L.HZ73

Entry Name: Pikedaw Hill southern cairn

Scheduled Date: 5 May 1964

Last Amended: 3 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010442

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24490

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Malham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Kirkby-in-Malhamdale St Michael the Archangel

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Details

The monument is situated in a prominent position at the summit of Pikedaw
Hill overlooking Malham. The cairn has a diameter of 15m and stands to a
height of 1.5m. It is mainly turf covered with a few stones still exposed.
A modern cairn has been built in the centre which stands to a height of 1.5m.

MAP EXTRACT
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 been partially disturbed by the inclusion of a
second modern cairn it is still a well preserved example containing further
archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England

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