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Cairnfield on Ringstone Edge Moor, 240m south west of Clay House

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: Cairnfield on Ringstone Edge Moor, 240m south west of Clay House

List entry Number: 1018560

Location

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

County:

District: Calderdale

District Type: Metropolitan Authority

Parish: Ripponden

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 08-Mar-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Jan-1999

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31509

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Cairnfields are concentrations of cairns sited in close proximity to one another. They often consist largely of clearance cairns, built with stone cleared from the surrounding landsurface to improve its use for agriculture, and on occasion their distribution pattern can be seen to define field plots. However, funerary cairns are also frequently incorporated, although without excavation it may be impossible to determine which cairns contain burials. Clearance cairns were constructed from the Neolithic period (from c.3400 BC), although the majority of examples appear to be the result of field clearance which began during the earlier Bronze Age and continued into the later Bronze Age (2000-700 BC). The considerable longevity and variation in the size, content and associations of cairnfields provide important information on the development of land use and agricultural practices. Cairnfields also retain information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation during the prehistoric period.

Although the cairnfield on Ringstone Edge Moor has been damaged by ploughing it will retain important archaeological information and may preserve burials in the form of cremations. It is one of several prehistoric sites on Ringstone Edge Moor.

History

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Details

The monument includes a cairnfield on Ringstone Edge Moor, Barkisland. There are at least seven cairns up to 7m in diameter. The majority have been ploughed almost flat, but are visible as slight mounds in the improved pasture. However, the two northernmost cairns lying outside the area of improved pasture survive to a height of approximately 0.2m.

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

Other
Cairnfield, Marriot, J, Ringstone Edge Moor, (1986)

National Grid Reference: SE 04798 18709

Map

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