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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 908
 Date Entered 27/11/2015
 Updated on 28/11/2015
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Burial Mounds and Cairns
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 11/11/2015
 Location Low Row Pasture, Barf Side
 Civil Parish Melbecks
 Brit. National Grid SD 96744 98105
 Altitude 367m
 Geology Calcareous grassland over the Middle Limestone.
 Record Name The Barf Side Round Cairn
 Record Description Remnant of a once substantial, 13m diameter round cairn located on a low limestone knoll in pasture above Barf Side Scar and just some 10m south of the track from Blades to Winterings. The remnant of this once substantial and prominent round cairn was first identified during 1998 when it was noticed that a continuous deposit of fell sandstone rubble circular on plan and 13m diameter had obscured the surface of the limestone bed rock. It was then realised that this deposit of stone cairn material was the basal structure of a substantial round cairn. A small struck flake from a Group 6 Langdale Volcanic Tuff Polished Stone Axe was discovered at a rabbit scrape from within the body of this round cairn, see Photo Image Nos 2 -4. A number of other lithic finds, arrow points and scraper forms characteristic of Neolithic/Early Bronze Age activity have been made elsewhere on the limestone pasture in the vicinity of this cairn. This cairn is located within a coaxial field boundary system which crosses the limestone pasture . The archaeological landscape of Low Row Pasture is currently under survey.
 Dimensions The remnant of the round cairn measures 13.4m * 12.3m diameter
 Additional Notes This substantial round cairn is located at a vantage point where the view eastward down through Swaledale is spectacular. The Barf Side Round Cairn is intervisible with the similar round cairns located on Cringley Pasture and on Fremington Edge.
 Image 1 ID 6580         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The outline of the Barf Side Round Cairn is defined by a members of a Pre-Swaag Walking Group, Friends of the Swaledale Museum.
 Image 2 ID 6583         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Struck flake from a Group 6 Langdale Volcanic Tuff polished axe found on a rabbit scrape at the centre of this cairn
 Image 3 ID 6584         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The same, detail
 Image 4 ID 6585         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description The same, detail
 Image 5 ID 6581         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description The coaxial field system which crosses the limestone pasture.
 Image 6 ID 6582         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The coaxial field system under survey by SWAAG, November 2015
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