Devil's Apronful cairn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010555

Date first listed: 23-Dec-1994


Ordnance survey map of Devil's Apronful 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: Barden


National Grid Reference: SE 07487 59351


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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 situated in a prominent position on the west side of Barden Fell overlooking Wharfedale. The cairn has a diameter of 10.5m and height of 1.5m on the west side where it has been built to include a large erratic boulder. On the east side it is between 0.2m and 0.5m high. Another large boulder is situated on the north edge of the cairn. The centre of the cairn is much disturbed; stones have been removed to build up the sides of the monument to create a windbreak. A few stones remain in the centre, protruding from the heather and a well defined kerb of stones is visible around the eastern edge of the monument.

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.


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Legacy System number: 24528

Legacy System: RSM

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