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Cairn on the north side of Ravock, Bowes Moor, 600m west of West Stoney Keld

A Scheduled Monument in Bowes, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.5303 / 54°31'48"N

Longitude: -2.0537 / 2°3'13"W

OS Eastings: 396621.789

OS Northings: 514999.399502

OS Grid: NY966149

Mapcode National: GBR GJ31.5S

Mapcode Global: WHB4J.FD8C

Entry Name: Cairn on the north side of Ravock, Bowes Moor, 600m west of West Stoney Keld

Scheduled Date: 16 April 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016611

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31821

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Bowes

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham


The monument includes a prehistoric cairn on Bowes Moor, on the north side of
Ravock, 600m west of West Stoney Keld, situated at the south edge of a
surfaced track.
The cairn consists of a heather covered, sub-circular mound, 7m in diameter
and 0.8m high. It shows little sign of past disturbance.
On the north side of the monument, the track surface is excluded from the
scheduling, although the ground beneath is included.

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.

The cairn 600m west of West Stoney Keld survives 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


Cairn on Ravock, Laurie, T, Cairn on Ravock, (1998)

Source: Historic England

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