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Devil's Apronful cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Barden, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0301 / 54°1'48"N

Longitude: -1.8872 / 1°53'13"W

OS Eastings: 407487.129002

OS Northings: 459351.316872

OS Grid: SE074593

Mapcode National: GBR HP8V.72

Mapcode Global: WHB6X.ZYHT

Entry Name: Devil's Apronful cairn

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010555

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24528

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Barden

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument is situated in a prominent position on the west side of Barden
Fell overlooking Wharfedale. The cairn has a diameter of 10.5m and height of
1.5m on the west side where it has been built to include a large erratic
boulder. On the east side it is between 0.2m and 0.5m high. Another large
boulder is situated on the north edge of the cairn. The centre of the cairn is
much disturbed; stones have been removed to build up the sides of the monument
to create a windbreak. A few stones remain in the centre, protruding from the
heather and a well defined kerb of stones is visible around the eastern edge
of the monument.

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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