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Cairn on Holgate How

A Scheduled Monument in New Forest, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.438 / 54°26'16"N

Longitude: -1.8974 / 1°53'50"W

OS Eastings: 406753.568297

OS Northings: 504737.139945

OS Grid: NZ067047

Mapcode National: GBR HK63.0W

Mapcode Global: WHB4Z.TQP3

Entry Name: Cairn on Holgate How

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014347

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27928

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: New Forest

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Kirkby Ravensworth

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


This substantial cairn is situated on the summit of Holgate How, a prominent
hill with extensive views in all directions. It is sub-circular with a
diameter of 15m by 18m and an average height of 1.5m. The centre of the cairn
has been disturbed, leaving a depression c.1.5m in diameter. Limestone
fragments are noticeable protruding through the thin turf in places.
Approximately 300m to the south and south west of the monument lies a group of
prehistoric carved stones. These are the subject of separate schedulings.

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 very substantial monument in a
prominent location and retaining further archaeological deposits. It is also
closely associated with a group of prehistoric carved stones.

Source: Historic England

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