Round cairn on Dale Moor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007587

Date first listed: 27-Jan-1993


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn on Dale Moor
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cumbria

District: Eden (District Authority)

Parish: Crosby Ravensworth

National Grid Reference: NY 60251 12920


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Reasons for Designation

Round cairns are funerary monuments covering single or multiple burials and dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000 - 700 BC). They were constructed as mounds of earth and stone rubble up to 40m in external diameter but usually considerably smaller; a kerb of edge set stones sometimes bound the edges of the mound. Burials were placed in small pits, on the old land surface or, on occasion, within a box-like structure called a cist let into the old ground surface or dug into the body of the cairn. Round cairns can occur as isolated monuments, in small groups or in large cemeteries. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provides important information on the diversity of beliefs, burial practices and social organisation in the Bronze Age. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of preservation. Despite limited antiquarian investigation of the monument's centre, the round cairn on Dale Moor survives well. This investigation located human remains, pottery and decorative beads, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface.


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The monument is a round cairn located on the gently graded north-east facing hillside of Dale Moor 360m south of Lane Head. It includes a turf-covered oval mound of limestone rubble up to 0.75m high with maximum dimensions of 10.5m by 9m. Two boulders on the edge of the cairn's north-eastern quadrant are the remains of a kerb. Limited antiquarian investigation of the monument's centre located an inhumation, an urn, and disc beads of brownish lignite.

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: 22474

Legacy System: RSM


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1729, Cumbria SMR, Dale Moor, (1985)
To Robinson,K.D. (MPPFW), Turnbull, P, (1992)

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