Cairn on scar above Hubberholme, 380m south east of Slades Swallow Hole


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014351

Date first listed: 01-Jul-1996


Ordnance survey map of Cairn on scar above Hubberholme, 380m south east of Slades Swallow Hole
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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: Buckden


National Grid Reference: SD 93012 78828


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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 partly disturbed, much of it survives intact and in a prominent position. It will therefore retain further archaeological deposits.


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The cairn is situated in a prominent position at the head of Wharfedale. It is oval with dimensions of 16m by 21m and an average height of 1m. The cairn has been disturbed and material from the summit has spread outwards with occasional small stones protruding in places. Part of the western side has been demolished to accommodate a triangulation column. There is also a depression 0.75m deep within the southern part of the cairn. Specifically excluded from the scheduling is the triangulation column although the ground beneath it is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


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

Legacy System number: 27932

Legacy System: RSM

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