Cairn 290m north of Woodhead on Harden Moor

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1018238
Date first listed:
10-Jun-1998

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn 290m north of Woodhead on Harden Moor
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Location

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

District:
Bradford (Metropolitan Authority)
Parish:
Harden
National Grid Reference:
SE 07550 38653

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.

The cairn 290m north of Woodhead survives well and is one of a group of cairns and a ring cairn on Harden Moor.

Details

The monument includes a cairn, which is situated on Harden Moor, on an area of level ground, 290m north of Woodhead. It is at the north side of a footpath, 51m ESE of a ring cairn which is the subject of a separate scheduling. The cairn is 7m in diameter and 0.7m high. The cairn is heather-covered, but some small stones are visible on its top.

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

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

Legacy System number:
31488
Legacy System:
RSM

Legal

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.

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