Cairn west of Craven Hall Hill
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1010355
Date first listed: 17-Oct-1930
Date of most recent amendment: 25-Jan-1995
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Leeds (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference: SE 14573 44096
Reasons for Designation
Rombalds Moor is an eastern outlier of the main Pennine range lying between
the valleys of the Wharfe and the Aire. The bulk of this area of 90 sq km of
rough moorland lies over 200m above sea level. The moor is particularly rich
in remains of prehistoric activity. The most numerous relics are the rock
carvings which can be found on many of the boulders and outcrops scattered
across the moor. Burial monuments, stone circles and a range of enclosed
settlements are also known.
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.
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. A substantial proportion of surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.
Although disturbed, this cairn still retains important archaeological evidence of its original form and of the burials placed within it.
The monument includes a subcircular earth and stone bank 12m in total
diameter. The bank width is c.2.8m and its height is c.0.4m. In view of the
small size of the cairn and a slight irregularity of the bank and internal
ground surface, it is thought that the cairn was originally a more
conventional round cairn, and that its present form is the result of
disturbance of the central area of the mound.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 25283
Legacy System: RSM
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing