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Cairn in Brazen Gate Woods 260m NNE of Long Ashes

A Scheduled Monument in Threshfield, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0809 / 54°4'51"N

Longitude: -2.0334 / 2°2'0"W

OS Eastings: 397913.300825

OS Northings: 464994.818158

OS Grid: SD979649

Mapcode National: GBR GP77.LW

Mapcode Global: WHB6N.QPXD

Entry Name: Cairn in Brazen Gate Woods 260m NNE of Long Ashes

Scheduled Date: 18 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014328

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28402

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Threshfield

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a well preserved cairn situated in tussocky
grassland on level ground overlooking lower Wharfedale. It has a diameter of
9.5m and stands to a height of 1.5m with a slight central depression.

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 slightly disturbed this remains a substantial monument in a
prominent location and retaining further archaeological deposits.

Source: Historic England

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