Round cairn on Skivick Crag, 380m south west of Wheeldale Lodge
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- North Yorkshire
- Scarborough (District Authority)
- National Park:
- NORTH YORK MOORS
- National Grid Reference:
- SE 80959 98232
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.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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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
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing