Cairn at West Moor Bottom, Mudbeck

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014348

Date first listed: 07-Mar-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn at West Moor Bottom, Mudbeck
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Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Richmondshire (District Authority)

Parish: Arkengarthdale

National Park: YORKSHIRE DALES

National Grid Reference: NY 95919 08613

Summary

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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.

This is a substantial, isolated monument which retains undisturbed archaeological deposits. It is also in close association with the stone circle at Arkle Beck.

History

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Details

This remote cairn survives in a low lying position beside Crook Sike Gill and 1km north east of Arkle Beck stone circle. The mound has a smooth profile with a slightly flattened top, a diameter of 16m and height of approximately 1.2m.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 27929

Legacy System: RSM

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