Cairn on Old Pasture 885m NE of Little Lathe


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014355

Date first listed: 14-Feb-1997


Ordnance survey map of Cairn on Old Pasture 885m NE of Little Lathe
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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: Conistone with Kilnsey


National Grid Reference: SD 99264 66940


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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 well preserved example of this monument type, surviving intact and displaying a diversity of features. It also lies in close proximity to prehistoric settlements and field systems.


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The monument includes a cairn built on level ground surrounded on the north and west by low limestone cliffs and with extensive views to the south east. It stands to a height of c.1m and is 13.5m in diameter. A stone kerb is visible in places. A stone turf covered bank with an average width of 2m and length of 17.5m projects from the north west side of the cairn and forms part of the monument. The cairn is one of a number of associated prehistoric monuments on Old Pasture. It lies c.100m west of a prehistoric settlement site and field system, which are the subjects 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: 27937

Legacy System: RSM

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