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17 May 2010
Prehistoric cairn field discovered in North Yorkshire

Discovered on the afternoon of May 13, 2010, by Robert Hopkins, Dave Hazell and Paul Bennett, was a previously unrecognised cluster of prehistoric cairns near the middle of Askwith Moor, north of Otley, in Yorkshire (England). The heather had been burnt back extensively, allowing a good foray upon the moorland heaths.  
     At least eight tombs were located on the slopes south of the Askwith Moor triangulation pillar.  Most of the cairns were typical of those scattering the moors above Ilkley, Bingley and elsewhere in the mid-Pennines, measuring an average of just 3 yards in diameter; but two of them had been given extra attention and stood out as they had much whiter upright stones positioned at their northwestern edges. These uprights were only small (less than 3 feet high) but were placed in the same deliberate position, for some reason or other. The two larger tombs (Cairns A and B) measured 9 and 11 yards respectively in diameter and are surrounded by larger rocks and walling.  
     Not far from the cairnfield were various stretches of prehistoric walling, hut circles and other inderminate architectural remains. The region is also known for having some examples of cup-and-ring stones. Further information and images relating to these new finds can be found at The Northern Antiquarian website.
Source: Paul Bennett / The Northern Antiquarian (16 May 2010)

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