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Ring cairn on Langcliffe Scar, 800m ESE of Victoria Cave

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Ring cairn on Langcliffe Scar, 800m ESE of Victoria Cave

List entry Number: 1014353

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Craven

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Langcliffe

National Park: YORKSHIRE DALES

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 07-Mar-1996

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 27934

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

A ring cairn is a prehistoric ritual monument comprising a circular bank of stones up to 20m in diameter surrounding a hollow central area. The bank may be kerbed on the inside, and sometimes on the outside as well, with small uprights or laid boulders. Ring cairns are found mainly in upland areas of England and are mostly discovered and authenticated by fieldwork and ground level survey, although a few are large enough to be visible on aerial photographs. They often occur in pairs or small groups of up to four examples. Occasionally they lie within round barrow cemeteries. Ring cairns are interpreted as ritual monuments of Early and Middle Bronze Age date. The exact nature of the rituals concerned is not fully understood, but excavation has revealed pits, some containing burials and others containing charcoal and pottery, taken to indicate feasting activities associated with the burial rituals. Many areas of upland have not yet been surveyed in detail and the number of ring cairns in England is not accurately known. However, available evidence indicates a population of between 250 and 500 examples. As a relatively rare class of monument exhibiting considerable variation in form, all positively identified examples retaining significant archaeological deposits are considered worthy of preservation.

The ring cairn survives intact and will therefore retain its archaeological deposits. It also lies close to prehistoric settlement and cave sites.

History

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Details

This well defined ring cairn is situated on a slight north east facing gradient on Langcliffe Scar. The bank has a width of 2m-2.5m and an average height of 0.2m defining an internal area of 16m in diameter. The cairn has an overall diameter of 21m. The ring cairn is situated within 200m of a prehistoric settlement site. The settlement site is not included in the scheduling.

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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National Grid Reference: SD 84599 64795

Map

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