Great Ayton Moor cairn cemetery and earthworks

North Yorkshire

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Bronze Age
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County Council

North Yorkshire County Council

District Council

Hambleton District Council


Great Ayton

Parliamentary Constituency

Richmond (Yorks)

Grid Reference

SE595595 (459543, 511557)

WGS84 Coordinates

54.4957, -1.08058

Nearest Postcode

YO21 2RU

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Around 150 cairns have been identified on Great Ayton Moor, scattered over a considerable area. Most are presumed to be clearance heaps. Two (NZ 51 SE 72 and 73) were excavated during investigations focused on the Neolithic cairn NZ 51 SE 1 between 1953 and 1960 and produced nothing to contradict this suggestion, but also produced no real dating evidence. Ordnance Survey field investigation in the 1960s suggested that a slight field pattern could be traced, with lynchets occurring on the eastern fringes of the main group of cairns, and slight baulks and lines of gathered stone visible in a smaller group on the northwest. Some of the cairns are scheduled as "round barrows".

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