Round cairn on Pinchinthorpe Moor, 530m south of Hanging Stone

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018662

Date first listed: 25-Nov-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 02-Dec-1998

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn on Pinchinthorpe Moor, 530m south of Hanging Stone
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Location

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

District: Redcar and Cleveland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Guisborough

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

National Grid Reference: NZ 59010 12946

Summary

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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 importance of the cairn 530m south of Hanging Stone is enhanced by its spatial association with a group of burial monuments along Ryston Bank to the west as such clusters provide valuable evidence for the development of ritual and funerary practice during the Bronze Age. It is also situated within an area which includes other groups of burial monuments as well as field systems, enclosures and clearance cairns. Associated groups of monuments such as these offer important scope for the study of the distribution of prehistoric activity across the landscape.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round cairn situated on level moorland at the north edge of the North York Moors. The round cairn has a stone mound 7m in diameter and standing up to 0.6m high. In the centre of the mound there is a hollow caused by past excavations. Within the hollow there is a, Grade II listed, recumbent boundary stone bearing the legend TKS 1815. The cairn lies in an area rich in prehistoric monuments, including further burial monuments, field systems and clearance cairns.

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: 32009

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Spratt, D A , 'Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology in North East Yorkshire' in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, , Vol. 87, (1993)

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