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Cairn 290m north of Woodhead on Harden Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Harden, Bradford

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.8441 / 53°50'38"N

Longitude: -1.8867 / 1°53'12"W

OS Eastings: 407549.675296

OS Northings: 438652.766182

OS Grid: SE075386

Mapcode National: GBR HR8Z.BR

Mapcode Global: WHB7W.ZMQX

Entry Name: Cairn 290m north of Woodhead on Harden Moor

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018238

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31488

County: Bradford

Civil Parish: Harden

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Harden

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Details

The monument includes a cairn, which is situated on Harden Moor, on an area of
level ground, 290m north of Woodhead. It is at the north side of a footpath,
51m ESE of a ring cairn which is the subject of a separate scheduling.
The cairn is 7m in diameter and 0.7m high. The cairn is heather-covered, but
some small stones are visible on its top.

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.

The cairn 290m north of Woodhead survives well and is one of a group of cairns
and a ring cairn on Harden Moor.

Source: Historic England

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