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North York Moors blaze uncovers mystery monument near Goathland

A FIRE which swept across a large area of North Yorkshire moorland has revealed a mysterious monument which could date back to Neolithic times.

This aerial picture from English Heritage shows a stone enclosure and a number of stone cairns on a 62-acre site near the village of Goathland.

David MacLeod, senior investigator with English Heritage's aerial survey team, said: "We were called in by the North York Moors National Park Authority to capture aerial views before the site is recovered by vegetation.

"We saw at least 20 cairns of varying size, taking pictures from various angles, allowing us to set the site in a wider landscape context." He said the site could have once been a pen for agricultural use or perhaps a graveyard.

"Whatever its origins, it stands as reminder that the history of North Yorkshire is far from done and dusted, but is still being written," he added.

An archaeological report is expected on the site next year.

Note; No aerial photo shown!
moss Posted by moss
29th December 2009ce

Comments (4)

Same story with pictures here
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
29th December 2009ce
Wonder if it is anywhere near the 'roman' road that goes off from the green? Seems a lot is being discovered by fires on the moors, I've got family in Whitby so Goathland (by train) is a big treat.. moss Posted by moss
29th December 2009ce
It's a long walk from the station Moss,(and a long way from the Bridestones, Fitz.) You'll find it on In Moor above and to the west of Struntry Carr . Looks impressive on Google Earth but its a bombsite on the ground ! feznik Posted by feznik
3rd March 2010ce
Hi feznik,
it's only a short hop across the Murk Esk from Allan Tofts.
Personally I was quite impressed by the site with it's large cairns and enclosure wall.
It's a curious place, close to the major rock art site of Allan Tofts with its cairn/carving relationships and only half a mile from the carved stone at Purse Moor, yet I was unable to find any carvings apart from one dodgy looking cup.
I've posted a few pictures
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
4th March 2010ce
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