Barrows, Cairns, Tombs & Tumuli

For those who may not know, the terms ‘cairns’ and ‘tumuli’ are just prehistoric tombs. Another word we find as we move further north into Scotland is ‘cist’, which has a similar affiliation – though a cist is more accurately a stone-lined coffin, over which cairns tend to be built. A cairn is a pile of loose rocks and stones, which tends to be erected over a single or multiple burial or cremation – though without excavation we can never be sure which one it’s gonna be! Chambered cairns are well-designed cairns with lengthy entrances or internal ‘rooms.’ A tumulus meanwhile (‘tumuli’ is the plural) is a heap of earth piled up over a burial or cremation. Small cairns and tumuli tend to cover single graves; whilst larger ones can have multiple burials therein. However we sometimes find that huge tombs have only one or two burials/cremations inside. In such cases it is probable that the people entombed there were of considerable importance: perhaps a tribal chief, a king, a queen, or powerful shaman. In many places across Brigantia and Scotland, where there’s a profusion of cairns/tumuli we tend to find good examples of prehistoric rock art, or cup-and-ring stones.

BARROWS, CAIRNS, TUMULI:  Bibliography & References

  1. Aberdour, Fife
  2. Achadh Thaibstil, Bettyhill, Sutherland
  3. Acharn Burn, Kenmore, Perthshire
  4. Achnacree, Achnacreebeag, Argyll
  5. Acrehowe Hill, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  6. Addlebrough, Bainbridge, North Yorkshire
  7. Aird Thorr Innse, Gigha, Argyll
  8. Aithernie, Scoonie, Fife
  9. Alresford Hill, Alresford, Essex
  10. Angel Moon Field, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire
  11. Annfield, Bridge of Allan – see Lentran, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire
  12. Apronful of Stones, Wigtwizzle, Bradfield, South Yorkshire
  13. Apronful of Stones, Settle, North Yorkshire
  14. Ardilistry, Islay, Argyll
  15. Ardlamey, Gigha, Argyll
  16. Ardminish, Gigha, Argyll
  17. Armshaw Lowe, Oxenhope, West Yorkshire
  18. Ashleigh Barrow, Darwen, Lancashire
  19. Askwith Moor Cairnfield, North Yorkshire
  20. Auchenlaich, Callander, Perthshire
  21. Balloch, Alyth, Perthshire
  22. Badbury Barrow, Shapwick, Dorset
  23. Badger Wells Cairn, Pendle Hill, Lancashire
  24. Baildon Moor Circle, West Yorkshire – see Lower Glovershaw
  25. Baile Mhargaite Cist (01), Bettyhill, Sutherland
  26. Baile Mhargaite Cist (02), Bettyhill, Sutherland
  27. Ballachraggan, Callander, Perthshire
  28. Barnhill, Jura, Argyll
  29. Baron’s Cairn, Black Crofts, Argyll
  30. Barr a’ Chuirn, Slockavullin, Kilmartin, Argyll
  31. Barrow Field, Bushy Park, Teddington, Middlesex
  32. Bartlow Hills, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire
  33. Battle Hill Dolmen, Huntly, Aberdeenshire
  34. Batty Wife Hole, Ribblehead, North Yorkshire
  35. Beacon Hill, Barkisland, West Yorkshire
  36. Bedd y Cawr, Llanymynech, Montgomeryshire
  37. Bedford Hill, Tooting, Surrey
  38. Beinn na Caillich, Broadford, Skye
  39. Belton Road, Silsden, West Yorkshire
  40. Birkhill House, Cambusbarron, Stirlingshire
  41. Birkhill Sandpit, Cambusbarron, Stirlingshire
  42. Blackheath Circle, Todmorden, West Yorkshire
  43. Black Hill Long Cairn, Low Bradley Moor, North Yorkshire
  44. Black Hill Round Cairn, Low Bradley Moor, North Yorkshire
  45. Black Hill Tumulus, Middleton Moor – see Round Hill, Middleton Moor
  46. Bleara Lowe, Earby, Lancashire
  47. Bleara Moor Cairnfield, Earby, Lancashire
  48. Bleara Moor Tumulus, Earby, Lancashire
  49. Brink Ends, Dovestones Moor, Trawden, Lancashire
  50. Boatbridge Quarry, Thankerton, Lanarkshire
  51. Borough Hills, West Mersea, Essex
  52. Borgie, Tongue, Sutherland
  53. Bown Hill Long Barrow, Woodchester, Gloucestershire
  54. Bown Hill Tumulus, Woodchester, Gloucestershire
  55. Bracklin Burn, Dunblane, Perthshire
  56. Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  57. Broadgate, Strathblane, Stirlingshire
  58. Brotton Howe, Brotton, Cleveland, North Yorkshire
  59. Brown Hill, Saddleworth, Lancashire
  60. Brown Howes, Ebberston Low Moor, North Yorkshire
  61. Bryn Celli Ddu, Llandaniel Fab, Anglesey
  62. Bul Barrow, Woolland, Dorset
  63. Burwains Lake, Foulridge, Lancashire
  64. Cairn 1, Stanbury Hill, Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire
  65. Cairn 2, Stanbury Hill, Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire
  66. Cairn 3, Stanbury Hill, Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire
  67. Cairn 4, Stanbury Hill, Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire
  68. Cairn 5, Stanbury Hill, Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire
  69. Cairn 6, Stanbury Hill, Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire
  70. Cairnbane, Portnacroish, Argyll
  71. Cairnpark, Dollar, Clackmannanshire
  72. Cairnwochel, Ardoch, Braco, Perthshire
  73. Calderstones, Allerton, Liverpool, Lancashire
  74. Caravan Park, Blair Drummond, Stirlingshire
  75. Carleatheran, Gargunnock, Stirlingshire
  76. Carleith, Crook of Devon, Kinross-shire
  77. Carlowrie, Kirkliston, Midlothian
  78. Carmyllie Hill, Greystone, Angus
  79. Carn Ban, Glen Cochill, Perthshire
  80. Carn Ban, Kilmartin, Argyll
  81. Castle Carr, Luddenden Dean, West Yorkshire
  82. Castle Farm Circles, Barcaldine, Argyll
  83. Castle Law, Blairlogie, Stirlingshire
  84. Catfoss Cemetery, Hornsea, East Yorkshire
  85. Cat Heaps, Swanston, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  86. Catlow Quarry, Nelson, Lancashire
  87. Church Field, North Ockendon, Essex
  88. Cicely Low, Houndkirk Moor, South Yorkshire
  89. Cladh Chlainn Iain, Jura, Argyll
  90. Cliviger Laithe, Worsthorne, Burnley, Lancashire
  91. Cliviger Law, Mereclough, Burnley, Lancashire
  92. Cnoc a’ Chuirn Mhoir, Jura, Argyll
  93. Cnoc na Croise, Ardminish, Argyll
  94. Cock Hill, Wadsworth Moor, West Yorkshire
  95. Cock Howe (1), Skelton Moor, Marske, North Yorkshire
  96. Coldstone Beck Cairn (01), Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  97. Coldstone Beck Cairn (02), Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  98. Coldstone Beck Cairn (03), Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  99. Coneypark Nursery, Cambusbarron, Stirlingshire
  100. Cow Keeper’s Field, Boulby, Easington, North Yorkshire
  101. Craigenkirn, New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
  102. Craigkennockie, Burntisland, Fife
  103. Craigmaddie Muir (1), Baldernock, Stirlingshire
  104. Craigmaddie Muir (2), Baldernock, Stirlingshire
  105. Craigton, Cleish, Kinross, Kinross-shire
  106. Cray, Hubberholme, Buckden, North Yorkshire
  107. Creich Manse, Brunton, Fife
  108. Croes-llechau, Bronllys, Breconshire
  109. The Croft, Doune, Perthshire
  110. Cromlix Lodge, Dunblane, Perthshire
  111. Crow Hill Cairn Circle, Midgley Moor, West Yorkshire
  112. Culliford Tree Barrow, Whitcombe, Dorset
  113. Cuparlaw Woods, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire
  114. Dalvraid, Melness, Tongue, Sutherland
  115. Danes Hills, Riccall, North Yorkshire
  116. Danes Hills, Skipwith, North Yorkshire
  117. Delf Hill, Extwistle, Burnley, Lancashire
  118. Devil’s Apronful, Appletreewick, North Yorkshire
  119. Devil’s Apronful, Pendle Hill, Lancashire
  120. Devil’s Den, Clatford, Wiltshire
  121. Dobrudden Necropolis, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  122. Douglas Terrace, Cambusbarron, Stirlingshire
  123. Downs Farm, Kempshott, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  124. Drizzlecombe 13, Ditsworthy Warren, Sheepstor, Devon
  125. Druimyeonbeg, Gigha, Argyll
  126. Duel Cross Hill, Grafton, North Yorkshire
  127. Dumpton Park, Ramsgate, Kent
  128. Dunblane Cathedral, Stirlingshire
  129. Dun Riaskidh, Torrisdale Bay, Sutherland
  130. Dwarf’s Tomb, Alva, Clackmannanshire
  131. Elf Howe, Folkton, East Yorkshire
  132. Elf Howe, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  133. Elistoun West, Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire
  134. Elphillock, Kildrummy, Aberdeenshire
  135. Fairy Knowe, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire
  136. Fairy Knowe, Crarae, Minard, Argyll
  137. Fairy Knowe, Kinross, Kinross-shire
  138. Fairy Toot, Butcombe, Somerset
  139. The Falls (1), Boulby, Easington, North Yorkshire
  140. The Falls (2), Boulby, Easington, North Yorkshire
  141. Feizor Thwaite, Lawkland, North Yorkshire
  142. Firtholme, Easington, East Yorkshire
  143. Fiscary 1, Farr, Sutherland
  144. Fiscary 2, Farr, Sutherland
  145. Fiscary 3, Farr, Sutherland
  146. Fiscary 4, Farr, Sutherland
  147. Flag Inn, St. Osyth, Essex
  148. Foel Fawr, Llanfechell, Anglesey
  149. Ford, Kilmartin, Argyll
  150. Fox Hill, Lowthorpe, East Yorkshire
  151. Frensham Common, Frensham, Surrey
  152. Galley Hill, Streatley, Bedfordshire
  153. Garadh Ban, Buchanan, Stirlingshire
  154. Gariob Cottage, Achnamara, Knapdale, Argyll
  155. Gask Hill, Collessie, Fife
  156. Ghost’s Knowe, St. Ninians, Stirlingshire
  157. Giant’s Grave, Reelig, Kirkhill, Inverness-shire
  158. Giant’s Grave, Tweedsmuir, Peeblesshire
  159. Giants’ Graves, Halton Gill, North Yorkshire
  160. Giant’s Knowe, Culloch, Muthill, Perthshire
  161. Glen Cochill Cairnfield (01), Little Dunkeld, Perthshire
  162. Glen Cochill Cairnfield (02), Little Dunkeld, Perthshire
  163. Glen Cochill Cairnfield (03), Little Dunkeld, Perthshire
  164. Glencreggan, Glenbarr, Kintyre, Argyll
  165. Glenrickard, Brodick, Arran, Argyll
  166. Glenshervie Burn, Glen Almond, Perthshire
  167. Gough’s Barrow, Long Compton, Warwickshire
  168. Graffa Plain, Brimham Rocks, Hartwith, North Yorkshire
  169. Great Skirtful of Stones, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  170. Great Skirtful Ring, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  171. Green Crag Top Cairns, Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire
  172. Green Howe, North Deighton, North Yorkshire
  173. Grubstones Circle, Burley Moor – see Roms Law, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  174. Hades Hill, Whitworth, Lancashire
  175. Hagg Woods, Thongsbridge, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
  176. Hamilton Farm, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire
  177. Harden Moor Cairnfield, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  178. Harden Moor Circle, Bingley, West Yorkshire
  179. Hare Hill, Elslack, North Yorkshire
  180. Harlaw, Fairnington, Roxburghshire
  181. Hatfield Barrow, Marden, Wiltshire
  182. Haulgh, Bolton, Lancashire
  183. Hawk Hill, Alloa, Clackmannanshire
  184. Hawksworth Moor (01), West Yorkshire
  185. Hawksworth Moor (02), West Yorkshire
  186. Hawksworth Moor (03), West Yorkshire
  187. Hazell Circle, Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire (NEW FIND)
  188. Heights Farm, Quernmore, Lancashire
  189. Heligar Pike, Denton Moor, North Yorkshire
  190. Heyshaw Moor (north), Dacre, North Yorkshire
  191. High Close Cairn, Grassington, North Yorkshire
  192. High Low Ridge, Askwith Moor, North Yorkshire
  193. High Marchup, Silsden, West Yorkshire
  194. High Woof Howe, Langdale Forest, North Yorkshire
  195. High Street Barrow, Towthorpe, East Yorkshire
  196. Higher Town Bay, St. Martin’s, Scilly Isles
  197. Ilkley Gate, Ilkley Moor – Cairn Circles (NEW FIND)
  198. Intake Lodge, Yearsley, North Yorkshire
  199. Invercharnan, Glen Etive, Argyll
  200. Jack Straw’s Castle, Kilmington, Wiltshire
  201. Jeppe Knave Grave, Wiswell, Lancashire
  202. Judge’s Cairn, Dunblane, Perthshire
  203. Keighley Train Station, West Yorkshire
  204. Kemp Howe, Sledmere, East Yorkshire
  205. Kerrycrusach, Bute, Argyll
  206. King’s Yett, St. Ninians, Stirlingshire
  207. Kinpurnie, Newtyle, Angus
  208. Kippenross House, Dunblane, Stirlingshire
  209. Kirkshaws, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire
  210. Kit’s Coty House, Aylesford, Kent
  211. Lanshaw Cairn 01, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  212. Lanshaw Cairn 02, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  213. Lanshaw Cairn 03, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  214. Larkfield, Maidstone, Kent
  215. Law Knowe, Niddrie, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  216. Lea Green, Grassington, North Yorkshire
  217. Leaf Howe, Stape, North Yorkshire
  218. Leathad Carnaich, Dalhalvaig, Caithness
  219. Lentran, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire
  220. Lexden, Colchester, Essex
  221. Limekiln Field, Pytchley, Northamptonshire
  222. Lippersley Pike, Denton Moor, North Yorkshire
  223. Little Skirtful of Stones, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  224. Longbarrow Field, Timble, North Yorkshire
  225. Long Man’s Grave, Abernyte, Perthshire
  226. Long Skelpick, Bettyhill, Strathnaver, Sutherland
  227. Lower Apronful of Stones, Pendle Hill, Lancashire
  228. Lower Glovershaw, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  229. Lower Headley Farm, Thornton, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  230. Lower Higham Farm, Hyde, Lancashire
  231. Low Woof Howe, Langdale Forest, North Yorkshire
  232. Lyneham Barrow, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire
  233. MacRee’s Cairn, Glen Meurain, Fortingall, Perthshire
  234. Manton Down, Rockley, Marlborough, Wiltshire
  235. Manse Bridge, Melness, Tongue, Sutherland
  236. Marriotts Barrows, Hyde, Lancashire
  237. Merlin’s Grave, Drumelzier, Peeblesshire
  238. Merlin’s Mount, Marlborough, Wiltshire
  239. Millbarrow, Winterbourne Monkton, Wiltshire
  240. Miller’s Grave, Midgley Moor, West Yorkshire
  241. Mill Hill, Eastburn, Driffield, East Yorkshire
  242. Mini-Skirtful of Stones, Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire
  243. Minning Low, Aldwark, Derbyshire
  244. Moor Hey, Weeton, Lancashire
  245. Mount Pleasant, Normanby, North Yorkshire
  246. Mount Skip, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
  247. Mount Zion, Illingworth, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  248. Mutlow Hill, Great Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire
  249. Nanny Howe, Coate Moor, Kildale, North Yorkshire
  250. Nanny’s Grave, Steeton, West Yorkshire
  251. Nether Glenny, Port of Menteith, Perthshire
  252. Nether Glenny 02, Port of Menteith, Perthshire
  253. Ninewells, Caputh, Perthshire
  254. Nixon’s Station, Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire
  255. North Hill, Samson, Scilly Isles, Cornwall
  256. Old Pleck Barrow, Rushmore, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
  257. Oliver Cromwell’s Hill, Eye, Cambridgeshire
  258. Ossian’s Stone, Sma’ Glen, Fowlis Wester, Perthshire
  259. Overton Down Tomb, West Overton, Wiltshire
  260. Parsons Lane, Silsden, West Yorkshire – see High Marchup
  261. Pendreich 1, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire
  262. Pendreich 2, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire
  263. Pendreich 3, Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire
  264. Pennythorn Hill, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  265. Perces, Halstead, Essex
  266. Pike Lowe, Extwistle, Burnley, Lancashire
  267. Pleasington Cemetery, Blackburn, Lancashire
  268. Pool Farm, Priddy, Somerset
  269. Port na Cleire, Gigha, Argyll
  270. Pudding Pie Hill, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
  271. Pule Hill, Marsden, West Yorkshire
  272. Queen’s Cairn, Farr, Strathnaver, Sutherland
  273. Quernhow, Ainderby Quernhow, North Yorkshire
  274. Reddicar Clough, Hallam Moor, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  275. Ringstone Edge, Barkisland, West Yorkshire
  276. Rockcliff Beacon, Boulby – see The Falls (1)
  277. Rolleston Barrow, Rushmore, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
  278. Roms Law, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  279. Round Hill, Middleton Moor, North Yorkshire
  280. Round Hill Field, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire
  281. Ruston Beacon, Ruston Parva, East Yorkshire
  282. Rye Loaf Hill, Settle, North Yorkshire
  283. St. John’s Green, Colchester, Essex
  284. St. Medan’s Knowe, Kirkton of Airlie, Angus
  285. Sauchie, Stirling, Stirlingshire
  286. Scale House, Rylstone, North Yorkshire
  287. Seaty Hill, Malham Moor, North Yorkshire
  288. Serpent Mound, Scallasaig, Glen More, Inverness-shire
  289. Shaman’s Cairn, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire
  290. Shaw Hill, Skirtcoat, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  291. Shawfield, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
  292. Sheep Scar Cairn, Giggleswick, North Yorkshire
  293. Sheep Scar Cairn Circle, Giggleswick, North Yorkshire
  294. Silver Hill, Stanbury, West Yorkshire
  295. Sithean Mor, Shian, Iona, Argyll
  296. Skirtful of Stones, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire
  297. Slade Cairnfield, Blubberhouses Moor, North Yorkshire
  298. Snowden Crags Circle, Askwith Moor, North Yorkshire
  299. Snowden Crags Necropolis, Timble, North Yorkshire
  300. Southdown Cottage, Dorking, Surrey
  301. South Wonston, Hampshire
  302. Spell Howe, Folkton, East Yorkshire
  303. Staple Howe, Kirklington, North Yorkshire
  304. Stapley Hill, Kirklington – see Staple Howe, Kirklington North Yorkshire
  305. Stone Man, Kirkby Ravensworth, North Yorkshire
  306. Stoney Raise, Addlebrough, Thornton Rust, North Yorkshire
  307. Stoodley Pike Circle, Mankinholes, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
  308. Strowan, Crieff, Perthshire
  309. Swinkly Knoll, Egglesburn, Durham
  310. Tarbert, Argyll
  311. Thieveley, Holme Chapel, Burnley, Lancashire
  312. Toad Stones, Baildon Moor, West Yorkshire
  313. Todholes (01), Fintry Hills, Stirlingshire
  314. Todholes (02), Fintry Hills, Stirlingshire
  315. Tomb Stone, Stanbury Hill, Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire
  316. Tongue House, Tongue, Sutherland
  317. Torrisholme Barrow, Morecambe, Lancashire
  318. Tower Hill, Warley, Halifax, West Yorkshire
  319. Town Lane, St. Mary’s, Scilly Isles, Cornwall
  320. Tulloch Knowe, Doune, Perthshire
  321. Tumble Beacon, Banstead, Surrey
  322. Two Lads, Withens Moor, Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire
  323. Upper Killay, Killay, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
  324. Warlocks’ Tomb, Muckhart, Clackmannanshire
  325. West Lodge, Touch, Cambusbarron, Stirlingshire
  326. Whispering Knights, Rollright, Oxfordshire
  327. White Cairn, Glen Cochill – see Carn Ban
  328. Wicking Crag, Bingley Moor, West Yorkshire (NEW FIND)
  329. Winterborne Came 18b, Bincombe, Dorset
  330. Witch Hillock, Maryland, Kincardineshire
  331. Woofa Bank Cairn, Burley Moor, West Yorkshire (NEW FIND)
  332. Wytchley Warren, Edith Weston, Rutland

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