Cairn known as the Great Skirtful of Stones

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010358

Date first listed: 17-Oct-1930

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Jan-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn known as the Great Skirtful of Stones
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Bradford (Metropolitan Authority)

Parish: Burley

District: Leeds (Metropolitan Authority)

National Grid Reference: SE 14062 44547

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. 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.

History

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Details

The monument includes a large, disturbed round cairn c.26m in diameter and c.1.5m high. The centre has a deep hollow as a result of stone robbing. There are several other smaller hollows. A small fragment of drystone walling on the higher, western side of the cairn may be the remains of a later shelter.

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: 25286

Legacy System: RSM

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