Cairnfield and Ring Cairn 490m South of Offerton Hall

Derbyshire

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Bronze Age
Cairnfield

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Derbyshire County Council

District Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Parish

Offerton

Parliamentary Constituency

Derbyshire Dales

Grid Reference

SE212212 (421244, 380595)

WGS84 Coordinates

53.3216, -1.68104

Nearest Postcode

S32 1BP

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Notes

A cairnfield and large ring cairn standing on a moorland shelf and is interpreted as the remains of Bronze Age cultivation and settlement with associated ceremonial remains. The cairnfield consists of at least 20 cairns of varying sizes, but typically in the range of 1.5 metres to 7 metres in diameter. One of the cairns is especially large, measuring 18.5 metres by 17 metres and is now saucer shaped, having been robbed of some of its stone. The size and position of the cairn, standing in a prominent location on a knoll, indicates that it held a funerary function. Towards the southern end of the cairnfield stands a large ring cairn consisting of a turf and stone sub-circular bank measuring 23 metres by 18.5 metres internally and 27 metres by 23 metres externally. It is thought that the structure may originally have been a stone circle with its internal standing stones subsequently removed to build nearby enclosure walls. The cairnfield is interpreted as evidence for the systematic clearance of the moorland for cultivation during the Bronze Age. Scheduled.

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