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Black Hill round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Bradleys Both, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.9239 / 53°55'26"N

Longitude: -1.9882 / 1°59'17"W

OS Eastings: 400873.6302

OS Northings: 447528.496041

OS Grid: SE008475

Mapcode National: GBR GRK2.C4

Mapcode Global: WHB7G.FMHQ

Entry Name: Black Hill round cairn

Scheduled Date: 11 January 1974

Last Amended: 9 February 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010550

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24521

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Bradleys Both

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Cononley St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument is a sub-circular cairn situated in a prominent position
overlooking Airedale and in close proximity to a Late Neolithic long barrow.
It includes an irregular mound of millstone grit boulders 30m by 24m in
diameter with a main north-south axis and 1m high. On the south east side a
large area has been robbed in the past for stones and the main mound has a
number of hollows in it. These have an average depth of 1m with the exception
of the central one which is 1.5m deep. These depressions have dimensions which
range from 2m to 8m by 4m in diameter.

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 monument, although partially disturbed, is still a well preserved example
containing further archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England

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