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


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016606

Date first listed: 16-Apr-1999


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Bowes

National Grid Reference: NY 95863 14429


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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.


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

Legacy System number: 31816

Legacy System: RSM


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

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