Round cairn 680m ENE of Dalefoot
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1007366
Date first listed: 16-Aug-1995
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Eden (District Authority)
National Park: LAKE DISTRICT
National Grid Reference: NY 49907 20386
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.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 22537
Legacy System: RSM
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
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