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Round cairn on Hunter Noddle 760m north west of Whisperdales

A Scheduled Monument in Silpho, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3323 / 54°19'56"N

Longitude: -0.5315 / 0°31'53"W

OS Eastings: 495585.830549

OS Northings: 493964.819776

OS Grid: SE955939

Mapcode National: GBR SLQB.QR

Mapcode Global: WHGBR.TC2M

Entry Name: Round cairn on Hunter Noddle 760m north west of Whisperdales

Scheduled Date: 6 October 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019467

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34532

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Silpho

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hackness with Harwood Dale

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a round cairn situated in Broxa Forest on the Hackness
Hills, on a gentle south west facing slope towards the head of Ash Haggs Gill.
The cairn has a well-defined stony mound which stands up to 1m high and
measures 9m in diameter. Partial excavation in the past has left a small
hollow in the centre of the mound.
The barrow lies in an area where there are many prehistoric burial monuments.

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 limited disturbance, the round cairn on Hunter Noddle 760m north west
of Whisperdales has survived well. Significant information about the original
form of the cairn and the burials placed within it will be preserved. Evidence
for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive
beneath the mound.
The cairn lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric burial
monuments. The association with similar monuments provides insight into the
distribution of ritual and funerary activity across the landscape during the
the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. 87, (1993)
Title: Archaeological Survey:Forestry Commission Areas North York Moors
Source Date: 1992
site 3.14

Source: Historic England

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