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Cairn with an oval bank on Midgley Moor, 430m north east of Upper Han Royd

A Scheduled Monument in Hebden Royd, Calderdale

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Latitude: 53.7404 / 53°44'25"N

Longitude: -1.9608 / 1°57'38"W

OS Eastings: 402680.002644

OS Northings: 427115.097376

OS Grid: SE026271

Mapcode National: GBR GTR5.8X

Mapcode Global: WHB8F.V7GW

Entry Name: Cairn with an oval bank on Midgley Moor, 430m north east of Upper Han Royd

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018812

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31525

County: Calderdale

Civil Parish: Hebden Royd

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Luddenden with Luddendenfoot

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a cairn with an oval rubble-banked enclosure attached,
on Midgley Moor, 430m north east of Upper Han Royd. The cairn is 5m in
diameter and 1m high. On its east side is a rubble bank 2m wide and 0.3m high,
forming an oval 7m by 5m. The cairn may be a ring cairn, a ritual monument of
the Early or Middle Bronze Age.

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 430m north east of Upper Han Royd survives well and will retain
important archaeological information.

Source: Historic England

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