Cairn 330m north of Woodhead on Harden Moor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018239

Date first listed: 10-Jun-1998


Ordnance survey map of Cairn 330m north of Woodhead on Harden Moor
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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 07578 38699


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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.

The cairn 330m north of Woodhead survives well and is one of a group of cairns and a ring cairn on Harden Moor.


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The monument includes a small cairn, which is situated on Harden Moor 330m north of Woodhead. The cairn is on a slope, 90m NNE of a ring cairn which is the subject of a separate scheduling. The cairn is about 5m in diameter and 0.5m high. It is composed of gritstone rocks up to 0.5m across and has a gritstone slab protruding from its base.

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: 31489

Legacy System: RSM

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