Pikedaw Hill southern cairn

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010442

Date first listed: 05-May-1964

Date of most recent amendment: 03-Aug-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Pikedaw Hill southern cairn
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Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Craven (District Authority)

Parish: Malham

National Park: YORKSHIRE DALES

National Grid Reference: SD 88330 63748

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

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.

Although the monument has been partially disturbed by the inclusion of a second modern cairn it is still a well preserved example containing further archaeological remains.

History

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Details

The monument is situated in a prominent position at the summit of Pikedaw Hill overlooking Malham. The cairn has a diameter of 15m and stands to a height of 1.5m. It is mainly turf covered with a few stones still exposed. A modern cairn has been built in the centre which stands to a height of 1.5m.

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

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 24490

Legacy System: RSM

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