Cairn on Green Scar, 470m SE of New Bridge


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014350

Date first listed: 07-Mar-1996


Ordnance survey map of Cairn on Green Scar, 470m SE of New Bridge
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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: Bainbridge


National Grid Reference: SD 90292 87693


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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 will therefore retain further archaeological deposits. It is also situated in a prominent position and located close to a Roman road.


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The monument includes a cairn built on the summit of a long ridge which extends eastwards from Wether Fell with extensive views over Raydale and Upper Wensleydale. The cairn has a diameter of 12m and a height of 1.5m. It has a steep profile with numerous boulders protruding through the thin turf. A depression at the centre of the monument appears to be the result of modern activity. The monument is situated c.500m south of a Roman road.

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: 27931

Legacy System: RSM

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