Round cairn 680m ENE of Dalefoot

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007366

Date first listed: 16-Aug-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 680m ENE of Dalefoot
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cumbria

District: Eden (District Authority)

Parish: Bampton

National Park: LAKE DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: NY 49907 20386

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.

Despite removal of part of the mound's surface on the western side of the monument, the round cairn 680m ENE of Dalefoot survives reasonably well. It will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the remaining part of the cairn and upon the old landsurface beneath.

History

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Details

The monument is a round cairn located on a low hilltop 680m ENE of Dalefoot. It includes a partly mutilated oval mound of largely turf-covered stones up to 0.4m high with maximum dimensions of 9m by 8m. There are five earthfast stones visible on the cairn's summit.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 22537

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

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