Cairn on Holgate How


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014347

Date first listed: 07-Mar-1996


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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Richmondshire (District Authority)

Parish: New Forest

National Grid Reference: NZ 06754 04737


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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 slightly disturbed this remains a very substantial monument in a prominent location and retaining further archaeological deposits. It is also closely associated with a group of prehistoric carved stones.


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This substantial cairn is situated on the summit of Holgate How, a prominent hill with extensive views in all directions. It is sub-circular with a diameter of 15m by 18m and an average height of 1.5m. The centre of the cairn has been disturbed, leaving a depression c.1.5m in diameter. Limestone fragments are noticeable protruding through the thin turf in places. Approximately 300m to the south and south west of the monument lies a group of prehistoric carved stones. These are the subject of separate schedulings.

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: 27928

Legacy System: RSM

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