Cairn on Old Pasture, 820m south east of Bull Scar

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014357

Date first listed: 06-Mar-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn on Old Pasture, 820m south east of Bull Scar
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Location

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 Park: YORKSHIRE DALES

National Grid Reference: SD 99574 67368

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.

Although the cairn has been slightly disturbed much of it survives intact displaying a diversity of features and retaining further archaeological deposits. It is also one of a number of associated prehistoric monuments on Old Pasture.

History

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Details

The monument includes a substantial cairn situated on an upland plateau surrounded by higher land on all sides. It has a diameter of 18m and includes a limestone kerb which is visible for almost all the circumference of the cairn. In addition stone settings are visible on the north east edge. The cairn stands to a maximum height of 1.5m with stones protruding through the thin turf in places. The centre of the cairn has been slightly disturbed and a section of later walling in the form of a low bank runs over the cairn from the south and is included in the scheduling. The cairn is one of a number of associated prehistoric monuments on Old Pasture.

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

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Legacy System number: 27939

Legacy System: RSM

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