Round cairn on Burn Banks
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1007413
Date first listed: 01-Nov-1963
Date of most recent amendment: 19-Oct-1993
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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 50168 16262
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, the round cairn on Burn Banks survives reasonably well. It will retain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the cairn and upon the old landsurface beneath.
The monument is a round cairn located on the south facing hillside of Burn
Banks overlooking Haweswater Dam. It includes a circular mound of stones up to
0.6m high and 6m in diameter. There has been some minor surface disturbance to
the monument's centre.
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: 22516
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Turner, V, Lake District National Park Survey 1984 Shap and Askham, (1986)
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