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Round cairn on Inn Moor, 290m south west of Beacon Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Newby and Scalby, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.3171 / 54°19'1"N

Longitude: -0.4817 / 0°28'54"W

OS Eastings: 498859.793583

OS Northings: 492336.455779

OS Grid: SE988923

Mapcode National: GBR TL2J.H7

Mapcode Global: WHGBS.KRTB

Entry Name: Round cairn on Inn Moor, 290m south west of Beacon Farm

Scheduled Date: 23 March 1964

Last Amended: 24 January 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019622

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34553

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Newby and Scalby

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hackness with Harwood Dale

Church of England Diocese: York

Details

The monument includes a round cairn situated in a prominent position at the
top of the eastern scarp edge of the Hackness Hills.
The cairn has a well-defined stony mound which stands up to 0.6m high and
measures 5m in diameter. In the centre of the mound there is a hollow which is
the result of partial excavation in the past.
The cairn lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric burial
monuments.

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.

Despite limited disturbance, the round cairn on Inn Moor, 290m south west of
Beacon Farm has survived well. 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 was originally among a group of at least twelve burial monuments
distributed across the south eastern part of Suffield Moor. Such clusters
provide important insight into the development of ritual and funerary practice
during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Title: Forestry Commission Areas North York Moors Archaeological Survey
Source Date: 1992
Author:
Publisher:
Surveyor:

Source: Historic England

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