Cairn on Stainforth Scar, 180m east of Hawes Close Barn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014359

Date first listed: 07-Feb-1996


Ordnance survey map of Cairn on Stainforth Scar, 180m east of Hawes Close Barn
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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: Stainforth


National Grid Reference: SD 82566 66892


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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 slightly disturbed this remains a substantial monument in a prominent location and retaining further archaeological deposits.


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The cairn is situated on a east facing hill overlooking Ribblesdale. It has a diameter of 15m although the western edge has disappeared with the erosion of the scarp beneath. The cairn is somewhat eroded as a result of stone being removed and reused for nearby walling, however on the north eastern edge is a well defined kerb. The remains of stone settings are also indicated in places.

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: 28406

Legacy System: RSM

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