Cairn above Cam Pasture, 700m NNW of Cam Houses


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014330

Date first listed: 14-Feb-1997


Ordnance survey map of Cairn above Cam Pasture, 700m NNW of Cam Houses
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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: Horton in Ribblesdale


National Grid Reference: SD 82103 82785


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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 cairn has been slightly disturbed, most of it survives intact and in a prominent location close to a Roman road. It will therefore retain further archaeological deposits.


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The monument includes a small well preserved cairn situated above Cam High Road on the eastern edge of a limestone terrace and 50m north west of a Roman road. It overlooks the head of Langstrothdale to the east and Ribblesdale to the south. The cairn has a diameter of 8.5m and a height of 1.5m with a slightly flattened top. The cairn is largely undisturbed, except for a small area of quarrying on the south east side. Stone from here has been removed to build a modern cairn in the form of a loose pile of stones on its summit.

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: 28404

Legacy System: RSM


Laurie, T,

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