Round cairn on Hunter Noddle 760m north west of Whisperdales

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019467

Date first listed: 06-Oct-2000

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn on Hunter Noddle 760m north west of Whisperdales
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Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: Silpho

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

National Grid Reference: SE 95586 93965

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.

Despite limited disturbance, the round cairn on Hunter Noddle 760m north west of Whisperdales has survived well. Significant information about the original form of the cairn and the burials placed within it will be preserved. Evidence for earlier land use and the contemporary environment will also survive beneath the mound. The cairn lies in an area where there are many other prehistoric burial monuments. The association with similar monuments provides insight into the distribution of ritual and funerary activity across the landscape during the the prehistoric period.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round cairn situated in Broxa Forest on the Hackness Hills, on a gentle south west facing slope towards the head of Ash Haggs Gill. The cairn has a well-defined stony mound which stands up to 1m high and measures 9m in diameter. Partial excavation in the past has left a small hollow in the centre of the mound. The barrow lies in an area where there are many prehistoric burial monuments.

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: 34532

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)
Other
Title: Archaeological Survey:Forestry Commission Areas North York Moors Source Date: 1992 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: site 3.14

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