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Three cairns on Ravock, Bowes Moor, 830m north east of Ravock Castle

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: Three cairns on Ravock, Bowes Moor, 830m north east of Ravock Castle

List entry Number: 1016606


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


District: County Durham

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Bowes

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 16-Apr-1999

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

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31816

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

Despite some stone removal, the three cairns on Ravock, Bowes Moor, 830m north east of Ravock Castle survive reasonably well and will retain significant information on prehistoric land use on the moor. They are also part of a wider prehistoric landscape in the area which includes further cairns and field systems.


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The monument includes three cairns near the north east edge of the upland plateau of Ravock, 830m north east of Ravock Castle. The cairns are 100m south of the southern edge of a cairnfield, the subject of a separate scheduling. The westernmost cairn of the three is 5m in diameter and 0.5m high. The central cairn is the largest of the group, with a diameter of 8m and height of 0.5m. The easternmost cairn is 5.5m in diameter and 1m high. All three cairns are composed of sandstone rubble and boulders. Although all the cairns show evidence of stone having been removed in the past for walling, the easternmost is much less affected by this than the other two.

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.

Selected Sources

Ravock, Cleveland County Archaeology Section, A66 Archaeology Project, (1990)

National Grid Reference: NY 95863 14429


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