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Cairn 6m in diameter south of track east of plantation on Weston Moor 300m WNW of Weston Moor Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Weston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.9395 / 53°56'22"N

Longitude: -1.7166 / 1°42'59"W

OS Eastings: 418700.000005

OS Northings: 449300.156162

OS Grid: SE187493

Mapcode National: GBR JQGW.4K

Mapcode Global: WHC8Q.L7SR

Entry Name: Cairn 6m in diameter south of track east of plantation on Weston Moor 300m WNW of Weston Moor Cottage

Scheduled Date: 31 January 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014305

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28075

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Weston

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Weston All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a cairn 6m in diameter, and c.0.8m high. It is situated
on Weston Moor, south of the track east of the plantation. Its National Grid
Reference is SE 18695 49295. It is c.225m along the track from the south east
corner of the plantation, and c.12m from the track.

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.

Although disturbed, this cairn still retains evidence of its form and location
and may contain a burial.

Source: Historic England

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