The cairnfield occupies an area of moorland on a ridge beneath a west-facing escarpment. It comprises a compact group of cairns ranging from between approximately 1.5m to 2.5m in diameter. They are arranged as two clusters of at least three cairns each amid stone-cleared ground. The cairns are complete examples and more features will survive below ground under an accumulation of peat and turf. The cairns may be the result of agricultural clearance from the surrounding area to provide better farmland. Their relatively uniform size and form indicates that, if agricultural in origin, they may be the result of a single episode of land utilisation. The cairnfield may, however, be funerary in function forming a discrete cairn cemetery. The cairnfield is indicative of prehistoric settlement dating to the Bronze Age. Further settlement evidence also survives on the same area of moorland to the north-west and to the south. (1)
Site monitoring has been carried out and site appears not to be under threat. (2)
Scheduling record: English Heritage. 2001. Cairnfield on Beeley Moor, east of Hell Bank Plantation. 31280.
Unpublished document: Bell, S (PDNPA). 2010. Scheduled Monument Monitoring Form: Cairnfield on Beeley Moor, East of Hell Bank plantation.
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Centred SK 29146 68060 (79m by 41m)
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