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Cairn on Old Pasture 885m north east of Little Lathe

A Scheduled Monument in Conistone with Kilnsey, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0984 / 54°5'54"N

Longitude: -2.0127 / 2°0'45"W

OS Eastings: 399265.742656

OS Northings: 466944.516136

OS Grid: SD992669

Mapcode National: GBR GPD1.1L

Mapcode Global: WHB6P.17VY

Entry Name: Cairn on Old Pasture 885m NE of Little Lathe

Scheduled Date: 14 February 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014355

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27937

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Conistone with Kilnsey

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a cairn built on level ground surrounded on the north
and west by low limestone cliffs and with extensive views to the south east.
It stands to a height of c.1m and is 13.5m in diameter. A stone kerb is
visible in places. A stone turf covered bank with an average width of 2m and
length of 17.5m projects from the north west side of the cairn and forms part
of the monument. The cairn is one of a number of associated prehistoric
monuments on Old Pasture. It lies c.100m west of a prehistoric settlement site
and field system, which are the subjects 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.

This is a well preserved example of this monument type, surviving intact
and displaying a diversity of features. It also lies in close proximity to
prehistoric settlements and field systems.

Source: Historic England

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