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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 318
 Date Entered 07/11/2011
 Updated on 05/01/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Settlement
 Record Type Archaeology
 Record Date 15/03/2006
 Location Hurst Moor. Moresdale Ridge.
 Civil Parish Marrick
 Brit. National Grid Hidden
 Altitude 400m
 Geology Richmond cherts.
 Record Name Marrick CP. Moresdale Ridge. Cairnfield settlement and Cup marked cairn
 Record Description Curving Stone bank which may be a large 70m diameter enclosure with several small cairns one of which is cupmarked, see photograph. On south facing heather moorland. Now masked below heather.
 Dimensions See photographs
 Additional Notes This stone banked enclosure and the group of small stone cairns nearby are characteristic of bronze age cairnfield type settlements throughout the Uplands of Northern Britain. They are especially frequent on the high moorland above the Swale and its north bank tributary streams The placing of the cup marked rock on one of the cairns could be fortuitous, but is more probably a deliberate deposition in recognition of a burial below the cairn. Undisturbed and long may it so remain. Very few undisturbed cairns with cup marks survive. Several rock art sites known to exist below Holgate How 1.5km to the east, see Beckensall and Laurie 1998.
 Image 1 ID 1170         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Small cup marked cairn, Moresdale Ridge.
 Image 2 ID 1168         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Cup marked cairn.
 Image 3 ID 1169         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Cup marked cairn, detail.
 Image 4 ID 1171         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Possible curvilinear enclosure defined by a very low but substantial spread stone bank.
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