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Standing stone on Bilsdale West Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Bilsdale Midcable, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.4079 / 54°24'28"N

Longitude: -1.1925 / 1°11'32"W

OS Eastings: 452511.900985

OS Northings: 501683.63034

OS Grid: NZ525016

Mapcode National: GBR NK3G.MN

Mapcode Global: WHD7S.NGCP

Entry Name: Standing stone on Bilsdale West Moor

Scheduled Date: 27 February 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010526

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26905

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Bilsdale Midcable

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Bilsdale Priory St Hilda

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a standing stone located in a prominent position on
Bilsdale West Moor. The stone is an irregular weathered block 1.5m in
height and 0.85m by 0.5m in plan.
The stone is one of a number of prehistoric monuments on the Hambleton Hills.

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

Standing stones are prehistoric ritual or ceremonial monuments with dates
ranging from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age for the few
excavated examples. They comprise single or paired upright orthostatic slabs,
ranging from under lm to over 6m high where still erect. They are often
conspicuously sited and close to other contemporary monument classes. They can
be accompanied by various features: many occur in or on the edge of round
barrows, and where excavated, associated subsurface features have included
stone cists, stone settings, and various pits and hollows filled in with earth
containing human bone, cremations, charcoal, flints, pots and pot sherds.
Similar deposits have been found in excavated sockets for standing stones,
which range considerably in depth. Several standing stones also bear cup and
ring marks. Standing stones may have functioned as markers for routeways,
territories, graves, or meeting points, but their accompanying features show
they also bore a ritual function and that they form one of several ritual
monument classes of their period that often contain a deposit of cremation and
domestic debris as an integral component. No national survey of standing
stones has been undertaken, and estimates range from 50 to 250 extant
examples, widely distributed throughout England but with concentrations in
Cornwall, the North Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria, Derbyshire and the Cotswolds.
Standing stones are important as nationally rare monuments, with a high
longevity and demonstrating the diversity of ritual practices in the Late
Neolithic and Bronze Age. Consequently all undisturbed standing stones and
those which represent the main range of types and locations would normally be
considered to be of national importance.

The monument survives well in open moorland. Standing stones are rare in the
York Moors. This example lies in area of dense prehistoric activity indicated
by numerous burial monuments, linear boundaries and field system remains.
Together these remains offer important scope for the study of the exploitation
of the landscape in the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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Monument number 01556.00000,

Source: Historic England

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