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Cairn on Harland Edge

A Scheduled Monument in Beeley, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2103 / 53°12'37"N

Longitude: -1.5567 / 1°33'24"W

OS Eastings: 429699.743732

OS Northings: 368226.660973

OS Grid: SK296682

Mapcode National: GBR 57Y.P7H

Mapcode Global: WHCD9.1KZS

Entry Name: Cairn on Harland Edge

Scheduled Date: 26 October 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011795

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23332

County: Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Beeley

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Beeley St Anne

Church of England Diocese: Derby


The monument is located on a south west facing shelf below the crest of
Harland Edge which is in the area of the eastern gritstone moorlands of
Derbyshire commonly known as the East Moors. It includes a sub-circular
gritstone cairn measuring c.5m by 3.5m by 0.5m high. It is one of several
cairns to be found on Harland Edge, all of which are assigned to the Bronze
Age on the basis of form, excavated evidence and their proximity to the
extensive Bronze Age field systems occurring below Harland Edge on Beeley Moor
and Beeley Warren.

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 which appears not to have been disturbed
and so will retain intact archaeological remains. Also of importance is its
proximity to other Bronze Age cairns and its association with a relict Bronze
Age landscape.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J W, 'Derbyshire Archaeological Journal' in Bronze Age Remains on the East Moors of the Peak District, , Vol. 106, (1986), 65
Barnatt, John, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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