Parkin's Stones round cairn on the summit of Benty Hill

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007244

Date first listed: 02-Apr-1965

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Map

Ordnance survey map of Parkin's Stones round cairn on the summit of Benty Hill
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Location

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County: Cumbria

District: Eden (District Authority)

Parish: Alston Moor

National Grid Reference: NY 66932 43056

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection. Parkin's Stones round cairn is well-preserved and its distinctive landscape setting makes it a good example. The monument provides insight into the character of Bronze Age funerary rituals and will contain archaeological deposits relating to the construction and use of the burial mound.

History

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Details

The monument includes the remains of a Bronze Age round cairn situated in a prominent location on the summit of Benty Hill. The cairn measures approximately 10m in diameter and stands up to 1m high. A kerb of edge set stones visible on its western side survives elsewhere as a buried feature and indicates this is a burial mound.

SOURCES PastScape Monument No:- 13752 NMR:- NY64SE1 Cumbria HER:- 2793

Legacy

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Legacy System number: CU 39

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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