Ring cairn 475m south east of the Great Skirtful of Stones

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010356

Date first listed: 17-Oct-1930

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Jan-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Ring cairn 475m south east of the Great Skirtful of Stones
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Location

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District: Leeds (Metropolitan Authority)

National Grid Reference: SE 14442 44275

Summary

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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. A ring cairn is a prehistoric ritual monument comprising a circular bank of stones up to 20m in diameter surrounding a central hollow area. The bank may be kerbed on both sides with small uprights or laid boulders. They are found mainly in upland areas and may occur singly, in small groups, or in association with other types of contemporary burial monument. They are interpreted as ritual monuments of Early and Middle Bronze Age date, although the nature of the rituals is not fully understood. Excavation has revealed pits, some containing burials and others containing charcoal and pottery taken to indicate feasting activities associated with the burial rituals. As a relatively rare class of monument exhibiting considerable variation in form, all positively identified examples retaining significant archaeological deposits are considered worthy of protection.

Although disturbed, this ring cairn still retains important archaeological evidence of its original form and of the burials placed within it.

History

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Details

The monument includes a ring cairn which has a circular earth and stone bank c.24m in diameter. The bank is c.2.4m wide and 0.76m high. The site is bisected by a disused cart track. The fence which crosses the monument is excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath it is included.

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 25284

Legacy System: RSM

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