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Cairn on scar above Hubberholme, 380m south east of Slades Swallow Hole

A Scheduled Monument in Buckden, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2052 / 54°12'18"N

Longitude: -2.1086 / 2°6'30"W

OS Eastings: 393012.22788

OS Northings: 478827.786035

OS Grid: SD930788

Mapcode National: GBR FMQT.9B

Mapcode Global: WHB61.LK3M

Entry Name: Cairn on scar above Hubberholme, 380m south east of Slades Swallow Hole

Scheduled Date: 1 July 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014351

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27932

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Buckden

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The cairn is situated in a prominent position at the head of Wharfedale.
It is oval with dimensions of 16m by 21m and an average height of 1m. The
cairn has been disturbed and material from the summit has spread outwards with
occasional small stones protruding in places. Part of the western side has
been demolished to accommodate a triangulation column. There is also a
depression 0.75m deep within the southern part of the cairn. Specifically
excluded from the scheduling is the triangulation column although the ground
beneath it is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 partly disturbed, much of it survives intact and
in a prominent position. It will therefore retain further archaeological

Source: Historic England

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