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Ring cairn at Juniper Gill, Ellerton Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Ellerton Abbey, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.3579 / 54°21'28"N

Longitude: -1.8854 / 1°53'7"W

OS Eastings: 407546.034545

OS Northings: 495821.068355

OS Grid: SE075958

Mapcode National: GBR HL81.ML

Mapcode Global: WHC6J.0QHK

Entry Name: Ring cairn at Juniper Gill, Ellerton Moor

Scheduled Date: 4 July 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012597

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24548

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Ellerton Abbey

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Downholme and Marske St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Details

The ring cairn is situated on a gentle north east facing slope overlooking
Juniper Gill and the lower reaches of Swaledale. It survives as a low
sub-circular bank of tightly packed stones covered by thin peat turf and
heather. Erosion in places has exposed these stones. Much of the northern
quadrant of the monument has been robbed out and here the bank is barely
perceptible. On its eastern perimeter the bank is obscured by a build up of
peat. The ring cairn has a diameter of 16m.

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

A ring cairn is a prehistoric ritual monument comprising a circular bank of
stones up to 20m in diameter surrounding a hollow central area. The bank may
be kerbed on the inside, and sometimes on the outside as well, with small
uprights or laid boulders. Ring cairns are found mainly in upland areas of
England and are mostly discovered and authenticated by fieldwork and ground
level survey, although a few are large enough to be visible on aerial
photographs. They often occur in pairs or small groups of up to four examples.
Occasionally they lie within round barrow cemeteries. Ring cairns are
interpreted as ritual monuments of Early and Middle Bronze Age date. The exact
nature of the rituals concerned is not fully understood, but excavation has
revealed pits, some containing burials and others containing charcoal and
pottery, taken to indicate feasting activities associated with the burial
rituals. Many areas of upland have not yet been surveyed in detail and the
number of ring cairns in England is not accurately known. However, available
evidence indicates a population of between 250 and 500 examples. As a
relatively rare class of monument exhibiting considerable variation in form,
all positively identified examples retaining significant archaeological
deposits are considered worthy of preservation.

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

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Laurie, T, (1993)
Laurie, T, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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