Black Hill round cairn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010550

Date first listed: 11-Jan-1974

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Feb-1995


Ordnance survey map of Black Hill round cairn
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Craven (District Authority)

Parish: Bradleys Both

National Grid Reference: SE 00873 47529


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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.

The monument, although partially disturbed, is still a well preserved example containing further archaeological remains.


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The monument is a sub-circular cairn situated in a prominent position overlooking Airedale and in close proximity to a Late Neolithic long barrow. It includes an irregular mound of millstone grit boulders 30m by 24m in diameter with a main north-south axis and 1m high. On the south east side a large area has been robbed in the past for stones and the main mound has a number of hollows in it. These have an average depth of 1m with the exception of the central one which is 1.5m deep. These depressions have dimensions which range from 2m to 8m by 4m in diameter.

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: 24521

Legacy System: RSM

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