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Cairn on Old Pasture, 820m south east of Bull Scar

A Scheduled Monument in Conistone with Kilnsey, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1022 / 54°6'7"N

Longitude: -2.008 / 2°0'28"W

OS Eastings: 399574.148692

OS Northings: 467367.623553

OS Grid: SD995673

Mapcode National: GBR GPF0.27

Mapcode Global: WHB6P.4520

Entry Name: Cairn on Old Pasture, 820m south east of Bull Scar

Scheduled Date: 6 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014357

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27939

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Conistone with Kilnsey

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire


The monument includes a substantial cairn situated on an upland plateau
surrounded by higher land on all sides. It has a diameter of 18m and includes
a limestone kerb which is visible for almost all the circumference of the
cairn. In addition stone settings are visible on the north east edge. The
cairn stands to a maximum height of 1.5m with stones protruding through the
thin turf in places. The centre of the cairn has been slightly disturbed and a
section of later walling in the form of a low bank runs over the cairn from
the south and is included in the scheduling. The cairn is one of a number of
associated prehistoric monuments on Old Pasture.

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
displaying a diversity of features and retaining further archaeological
deposits. It is also one of a number of associated prehistoric monuments on
Old Pasture.

Source: Historic England

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