Cairnfield 350m south west of Foulsike Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019755

Date first listed: 16-Jan-1968

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Mar-2001


Ordnance survey map of Cairnfield 350m south west of Foulsike Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: LCPs of Fylingdales and Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre


National Grid Reference: NZ 90999 02273


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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.

The cairnfield 350m south west of Foulsike Farm has survived well. Significant information about the original form of the cairns, any burials placed within them and its relationship with other monuments will be preserved. Evidence of earlier land use will also survive beneath the cairns.


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The monument includes the buried and earthwork remains of a cairnfield located on high ground in the middle of Sneaton Low Moor. This lies at the eastern side of the sandstone, heather covered moor characteristic of the North York Moors. Today the moor is little used but archaeological evidence indicates that this has not always been the case. The prehistoric period in particular saw extensive agricultural and ceremonial use of the area. Remains of these activities survive today. The cairnfield occupies undulating ground to the east of an area of boggy ground. It includes at least 17 cairns broadly clustered into two groups. It extends over an area of approximately 150m by 350m. The cairns are composed of stony mounds measuring up to 5m in diameter and up to 0.5m in height. These are the result of stone clearance in the Bronze Age to improve the land for farming. Evidence from other similar monuments in the north of England shows that such cairns may also have be used for burials. The settlement from which this area of land was farmed has yet to be identified but it is thought to have been located nearby.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 10 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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Legacy System number: 34407

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Spratt, D A, Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North East Yorkshire, (1994)

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