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Cairn on Stainforth Scar, 180m east of Hawes Close Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Langcliffe, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.0976 / 54°5'51"N

Longitude: -2.2681 / 2°16'5"W

OS Eastings: 382566.071852

OS Northings: 466892.103134

OS Grid: SD825668

Mapcode National: GBR DPL1.RW

Mapcode Global: WHB6K.487J

Entry Name: Cairn on Stainforth Scar, 180m east of Hawes Close Barn

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014359

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28406

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Langcliffe

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Stainforth St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Details

The cairn is situated on a east facing hill overlooking Ribblesdale. It
has a diameter of 15m although the western edge has disappeared with the
erosion of the scarp beneath. The cairn is somewhat eroded as a result of
stone being removed and reused for nearby walling, however on the north
eastern edge is a well defined kerb. The remains of stone settings are also
indicated in places.

MAP EXTRACT
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 substantial monument in a prominent
location and retaining further archaeological deposits.

Source: Historic England

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