Round cairn 520m north east of The Cockpit, Askham Fell
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1007370
Date first listed: 30-Nov-1925
Date of most recent amendment: 25-Jul-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 48739 22469
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.
The monument is a rare survival in Cumbria of an undisturbed example of this class of monument. 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 land surface beneath.
The monument is a round cairn located on Askham Fell 520m north east of The
Cockpit stone circle. It includes an oval mound of partly turf-covered stones
up to 0.6m high with maximum dimensions of 6.3m by 4.7m. There is a large
stone measuring more than 1m long in the western end of the cairn and a number
of stones protrude through the turf covering.
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: 22520
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Quartermaine, J, Askham Fell Survey Catalogue, (1992), 24
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (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