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Cairn on Green Scar, 470m south east of New Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Bainbridge, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2848 / 54°17'5"N

Longitude: -2.1506 / 2°9'2"W

OS Eastings: 390291.631831

OS Northings: 487693.235809

OS Grid: SD902876

Mapcode National: GBR FLFW.6S

Mapcode Global: WHB5M.YK2K

Entry Name: Cairn on Green Scar, 470m SE of New Bridge

Scheduled Date: 7 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014350

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27931

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Bainbridge

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a cairn built on the summit of a long ridge which
extends eastwards from Wether Fell with extensive views over Raydale and Upper
Wensleydale. The cairn has a diameter of 12m and a height of 1.5m. It has a
steep profile with numerous boulders protruding through the thin turf. A
depression at the centre of the monument appears to be the result of modern
activity. The monument is situated c.500m south of a Roman road.

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 will therefore retain further archaeological deposits. It is also situated
in a prominent position and located close to a Roman road.

Source: Historic England

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