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Round cairn on Skivick Crag, 380m south west of Wheeldale Lodge

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: Round cairn on Skivick Crag, 380m south west of Wheeldale Lodge

List entry Number: 1021258

Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Egton

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 15-Apr-2004

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 35913

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 Skivick Crag, 380m south west of Wheeldale Lodge 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 close to a number of other prehistoric monuments. Associated groups of monuments such as this 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 which occupies a prominent position at the top of the steep slope into Wheeldale. It is situated on Middle Jurassic sandstone on the North York Moors.

The cairn has a sub-circular mound constructed from stone rubble, which measures up to 8m in diameter and stands up to 0.5m high. The mound was originally surrounded by a kerb of boulders, but over the years this has become buried by soil and vegetation and now is only visible on the north eastern edge of the cairn. On the south west side of the mound there is a modern walkers' cairn with an adjacent hollow in the mound surface to the north east.





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

Books and journals
Hayes, R H, Rutter, J G , 'Scarborough District Archaeological Society Research Report' in Wade's Causeway. A Roman Road in North East Yorkshire, , Vol. 4, (1964), 54

National Grid Reference: SE 80959 98232

Map

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