Cairn known as Millers Grave on Midgley Moor
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Calderdale (Metropolitan Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SE 01913 28369
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 known as Millers Grave has been slightly disturbed, it survives well and will retain significant archaeological information, including burials. It is a prominent landscape feature, and one of a number of prehistoric sites on the moor.
The monument includes a large cairn known as Millers Grave, situated on the
summit of Midgley Moor. The cairn has a diameter of about 15.5m and survives
to a height of approximately 1.5m. It is built of medium-sized stones piled
around a glacial boulder which has a deep cleft. Stones have been removed from
the centre of the cairn to reveal this boulder; this has created a hollow.
Some of the stone has recently been piled around this hollow to make a
shelter. With the exception of these recently piled stones, the rocks which
make up this cairn are well embedded and overgrown with heather.
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:
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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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing