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Cairn on a low ridge on the east side of Ravock, Bowes Moor, 860m west south west of West Stoney Keld

A Scheduled Monument in Bowes, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.5273 / 54°31'38"N

Longitude: -2.0564 / 2°3'23"W

OS Eastings: 396445.063372

OS Northings: 514671.03927

OS Grid: NY964146

Mapcode National: GBR GJ22.LV

Mapcode Global: WHB4J.CGZN

Entry Name: Cairn on a low ridge on the east side of Ravock, Bowes Moor, 860m west south west of West Stoney Keld

Scheduled Date: 16 April 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016607

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31817

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Bowes

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham


The monument includes a cairn on a low ridge east of a small stream on the
east side of Ravock. It is situated 57m south east of a sheep fold, between
two areas of prehistoric fields and cairns which are the subject of separate
The cairn consists of a low, sub-circular mound of sandstone rubble, 6.5m in
diameter and 0.3m high. Stone has been removed from the cairn in the past for

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.

Despite some stone robbing the cairn on the east side of Ravock, Bowes Moor,
860m west south west of West Stoney Keld survives reasonably well and will
retain significant information on prehistoric land use on the moor. It is also
part of a wider prehistoric landscape in the area which includes further
cairns and field systems.

Source: Historic England

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