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Ring cairn 580m west of Askrigg church

A Scheduled Monument in Low Abbotside, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.3146 / 54°18'52"N

Longitude: -2.0911 / 2°5'27"W

OS Eastings: 394169.526519

OS Northings: 491006.010587

OS Grid: SD941910

Mapcode National: GBR FLVK.23

Mapcode Global: WHB5G.VTD6

Entry Name: Ring cairn 580m west of Askrigg church

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1929

Last Amended: 9 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010539

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24509

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Low Abbotside

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Details

The monument is situated near the edge of a pasture field with a slight
south facing gradient. The cairn has a diameter of 16.5m which includes a 2m
wide ditch. This is now only discernible on the eastern side of the cairn but
would originally have been visible on all sides of the monument. The inner
enclosure is formed by a 3m wide bank which rises to a height of 0.3m above
the interior.

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

A ring cairn is a prehistoric ritual monument comprising a circular bank of
stones up to 20m in diameter surrounding a hollow central area. The bank may
be kerbed on the inside, and sometimes on the outside as well, with small
uprights or laid boulders. Ring cairns are found mainly in upland areas of
England and are mostly discovered and authenticated by fieldwork and ground
level survey, although a few are large enough to be visible on aerial
photographs. They often occur in pairs or small groups of up to four examples.
Occasionally they lie within round barrow cemeteries. Ring cairns are
interpreted as ritual monuments of Early and Middle Bronze Age date. The exact
nature of the rituals concerned is not fully understood, but excavation has
revealed pits, some containing burials and others containing charcoal and
pottery, taken to indicate feasting activities associated with the burial
rituals. Many areas of upland have not yet been surveyed in detail and the
number of ring cairns in England is not accurately known. However, available
evidence indicates a population of between 250 and 500 examples. As a
relatively rare class of monument exhibiting considerable variation in form,
all positively identified examples retaining significant archaeological
deposits are considered worthy of preservation.

This is an undisturbed and therefore well preserved example of this
monument type.

Source: Historic England

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