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Cairn above Cam Pasture, 700m NNW of Cam Houses

A Scheduled Monument in Horton in Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2404 / 54°14'25"N

Longitude: -2.2761 / 2°16'33"W

OS Eastings: 382103.242178

OS Northings: 482785.16527

OS Grid: SD821827

Mapcode National: GBR DMKD.1P

Mapcode Global: WHB5S.0PF2

Entry Name: Cairn above Cam Pasture, 700m NNW of Cam Houses

Scheduled Date: 14 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014330

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28404

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Horton in Ribblesdale

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Horton-in-Ribblesdale St Oswald

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a small well preserved cairn situated above Cam High
Road on the eastern edge of a limestone terrace and 50m north west of a Roman
road. It overlooks the head of Langstrothdale to the east and Ribblesdale to
the south. The cairn has a diameter of 8.5m and a height of 1.5m with a
slightly flattened top. The cairn is largely undisturbed, except for a small
area of quarrying on the south east side. Stone from here has been removed to
build a modern cairn in the form of a loose pile of stones on its summit.

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 the cairn has been slightly disturbed, most of it survives intact
and in a prominent location close to a Roman road. It will therefore retain
further archaeological deposits.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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