Round cairn on Askham Fell, 270m north of The Cop Stone


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007361

Date first listed: 30-Nov-1925

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Jul-1995


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn on Askham Fell, 270m north of The Cop Stone
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cumbria

District: Eden (District Authority)

Parish: Askham

National Park: LAKE DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: NY 49580 21879


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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.

Despite partial mutilation of this monument to create a shooting butt, the round cairn 270m north of The Cop Stone survives reasonably well. It lies within an area of open fell rich in prehistoric monuments and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the remains of the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.


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The monument is a round cairn located on Askham Fell. It includes a partly mutilated circular mound of largely turf-covered stones 6m in diameter and up to 0.8m high. The cairn has been hollowed out at its centre to create a shooting butt and the internal face of this disturbance has been partially stone revetted. There is stone up to 0.3m high on the south eastern edge of the cairn.

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.


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Legacy System number: 22532

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Quartermaine, J, Askham Fell Survey Catalogue, (1992)
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)
RCHME, Westmorland, (1936)
SMR No. 2954, Cumbria SMR, Moor Divock, (1985)
To Robinson,K.D. MPPFW, Quartermaine,J. (Site surveyor), (1992)

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