Cairn 340m north of Scar Top Garage


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014339

Date first listed: 07-Mar-1996


Ordnance survey map of Cairn 340m north of Scar Top Garage
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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: Giggleswick


National Grid Reference: SD 79690 66127


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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, much of it survives intact and in a prominent position and will retain further archaeological deposits. It is one of a number of prehistoric monuments on Giggleswick Scar.


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The monument includes a cairn built on level ground above a limestone escarpment overlooking the lower reaches of Ribblesdale to the south east and Clapdale to the north west. It has a diameter of c.12m and an average height of 0.75m with a smooth profile. The cairn also has a central shallow depression 1m by 1.5m. The cairn is one of a number of prehistoric monuments in the immediate area of Giggleswick Scar.

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: 27942

Legacy System: RSM

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