Ring cairn 580m west of Askrigg church

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1010539
Date first listed:
17-Dec-1929
Date of most recent amendment:
09-Jan-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Ring cairn 580m west of Askrigg church
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Location

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

County:
North Yorkshire
District:
Richmondshire (District Authority)
Parish:
Low Abbotside
National Park:
YORKSHIRE DALES
National Grid Reference:
SD 94170 91006

Reasons for Designation

A ring cairn is a prehistoric ritual monument comprising a circular bank of stones up to 20m in diameter surrounding a hollow central area. The bank may be kerbed on the inside, and sometimes on the outside as well, with small uprights or laid boulders. Ring cairns are found mainly in upland areas of England and are mostly discovered and authenticated by fieldwork and ground level survey, although a few are large enough to be visible on aerial photographs. They often occur in pairs or small groups of up to four examples. Occasionally they lie within round barrow cemeteries. Ring cairns are interpreted as ritual monuments of Early and Middle Bronze Age date. The exact nature of the rituals concerned is not fully understood, but excavation has revealed pits, some containing burials and others containing charcoal and pottery, taken to indicate feasting activities associated with the burial rituals. Many areas of upland have not yet been surveyed in detail and the number of ring cairns in England is not accurately known. However, available evidence indicates a population of between 250 and 500 examples. As a relatively rare class of monument exhibiting considerable variation in form, all positively identified examples retaining significant archaeological deposits are considered worthy of preservation.

This is an undisturbed and therefore well preserved example of this monument type.

Details

The monument is situated near the edge of a pasture field with a slight south facing gradient. The cairn has a diameter of 16.5m which includes a 2m wide ditch. This is now only discernible on the eastern side of the cairn but would originally have been visible on all sides of the monument. The inner enclosure is formed by a 3m wide bank which rises to a height of 0.3m above the interior.

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:
24509
Legacy System:
RSM

Legal

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.

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