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Cairn known as the Little Skirtful of Stones

A Scheduled Monument in Burley, Bradford

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.9027 / 53°54'9"N

Longitude: -1.7909 / 1°47'27"W

OS Eastings: 413837.296921

OS Northings: 445190.227455

OS Grid: SE138451

Mapcode National: GBR HRY9.2Q

Mapcode Global: WHC8W.G5FG

Entry Name: Cairn known as the Little Skirtful of Stones

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1930

Last Amended: 13 December 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011762

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25312

County: Bradford

Civil Parish: Burley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Burley-in-Wharfedale St Mary the Blessed Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Details

The monument includes a large stone cairn c.19m in diameter and 2m in height
at the east end of a ridge at Lanshaw, overlooking Coldstone Beck. The cairn
has a deep central hollow which may be evidence of an unrecorded excavation.
Some stone has been robbed from the outer edges, giving them a slightly
irregular appearance.

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

Rombalds Moor is an eastern outlier of the main Pennine range lying between
the valleys of the Wharfe and the Aire. The bulk of this area of 90 sq km of
rough moorland lies over 200m above sea level. The moor is particularly rich
in remains of prehistoric activity. The most numerous relics are the rock
carvings which can be found on many of the boulders and outcrops scattered
across the moor. Burial monuments, stone circles and a range of enclosed
settlements are also known.
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.
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. A substantial proportion of surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

Although disturbed, this cairn still retains important archaeological evidence
of its original form and of the burials placed within it.

Source: Historic England

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