Round cairn on Askham Fell, 335m north of the Cop Stone
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Eden (District Authority)
- National Park:
- LAKE DISTRICT
- National Grid Reference:
- NY 49566 21935
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.
Despite some minor surface disturbance to the monument's centre, this round cairn on Askham Fell survives reasonably well. It lies within an area of open fell rich in prehistoric monuments and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.
The monument is a round cairn located on the top of a natural ridge on Askham
Fell. It includes a pear-shaped mound of largely turf-covered stones up to
0.5m high with maximum dimensions of 7.7m by 5.5m. There is a small
irregularly-shaped central hollow up to 0.3m deep on the cairn's summit
containing an earthfast stone up to 1m long.
MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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Books and journals
Quartermaine, J, Askham Fell Survey Catalogue, (1992), 33
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 2951, Cumbria SMR, Moor Divock, (1985)
SMR No. 2954, Cumbria SMR, Moor Divock, (1985)
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing