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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 257
 Date Entered 30/07/2011
 Updated on 30/07/2011
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Burial Mounds and Cairns
 Record Type Archaeology
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 Site Type 
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 Site Description 
 Site Access 
 Record Date 01/01/2005
 Location Addlebrough Summit
 Civil Parish Bainbridge
 Brit. National Grid 
 Altitude 476m
 Geology Underset Limestone with erratic blocks of fell sandstone.
 Record Name Addlebrough Summit. Cup marked stone cairn.
 Record Description Stone cairn with four rocks decorated with cup marks. One cup has a single concentric ring. This cairn was constructed with erratic sandstone boulders many of which are scattered across the limestone summit. Subsequently the cairn has been reduced by quarrying stone for the nearby drystone walls. The cup marked rocks would originally have been concealed within the body of the cairn. Cup marked rocks are frequently (as at the oval How Tallon Cairn on Barningham Moor) incorporated within the body of early bronze age burial cairns and the capstones of early bronze age stone burial cists are occasionally decorated with very complex decoration in the cup and ring style. Neolithic tombs are decorated with 'Passage Grave Art'- a different and earlier form of abstract art based on geometric motifs which include chevrons and spiral decoration.
 Dimensions Not surveyed
 Geographical area 
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 Common / Notable Species 
 Tree and / or Stem Girth 
 Tree: Position / Form / Status 
 Tree Site ID 0
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
 Additional Notes The cup marked rocks within the Addlebrough Summit Cairn may have been decorated prir to the construction of the cairn and later moved for incorporation within the cairn. Alternatively, they may have been decorated specifically as an element of the burial ritual.
 Image 1 ID 908         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Addlebrough Summit Cairn.
 Image 2 ID 909         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Detail of the cup marked rocks incorporated within the body of the cairn.
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