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Cairn 60m north east of Dead Man's Cave

A Scheduled Monument in Stainforth, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0997 / 54°5'59"N

Longitude: -2.305 / 2°18'17"W

OS Eastings: 380153.498074

OS Northings: 467135.972228

OS Grid: SD801671

Mapcode National: GBR DPB1.S3

Mapcode Global: WH95D.K6MX

Entry Name: Cairn 60m north east of Dead Man's Cave

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014338

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27941

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Stainforth

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Stainforth St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a small cairn situated in a prominent position on a
limestone outcrop north east of Dead Man's Cave and overlooking the lower
reaches of Ribblesdale. It has a diameter of 9m and average height of 0.75m.
The cairn has been constructed of limestone fragments, some of which can be
seen protruding through the thin turf in places. The cairn has a shallow
central depression. The cairn is one of a number of associated prehistoric
monuments on the limestone uplands north of Giggleswick Scar.

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, much of it survives intact
and in a prominent position and will retain further archaeological deposits.
The cairn is one of a number of associated prehistoric monuments on the
limestone uplands above Giggleswick Scar.

Source: Historic England

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