Raise Howe cairn
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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- Date first listed:
- Date of most recent amendment:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Eden (District Authority)
- Crosby Ravensworth
- National Grid Reference:
- NY 63713 13036
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 illicit digging and subsequent spreading of the mound by metal detectors, Raise Howe cairn survives reasonably well. It is a rare survival of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath it.
The monument is Raise Howe cairn. It is located on the summit of a local high
point and includes a largely turf-covered slightly mutilated oval mound of
earth and limestone rubble up to 1.2m high with maximum dimensions of 23m
by 18m. The monument is not known to have been excavated.
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:
- Legacy System:
Crow, J., AM 107, (1989)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1721, Cumbria SMR, Raise Howe Round Barrow, (1985)
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