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Round cairn on Broad Flats

A Scheduled Monument in Malham, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.0728 / 54°4'22"N

Longitude: -2.1435 / 2°8'36"W

OS Eastings: 390706.356542

OS Northings: 464107.833001

OS Grid: SD907641

Mapcode National: GBR FPGB.QR

Mapcode Global: WHB6M.1WKL

Entry Name: Round cairn on Broad Flats

Scheduled Date: 8 February 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010546

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24517

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

This small round cairn is situated in a sheltered valley between limestone
outcrops. It is largely turf-covered with a diameter of 6.5m and height of
0.5m. Its periphery is clearly marked by a kerb of earthfast stones.

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.

The cairn is a well preserved example of this monument type.

Source: Historic England

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