Selside Pike round cairn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007591

Date first listed: 18-Feb-1993


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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: Shap Rural

National Park: LAKE DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: NY 49071 11181

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 surface disturbance to the mound caused by construction of a modern shelter, Selside Pike round cairn survives reasonably well. It is not known to have been excavated and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface.


The monument is a round cairn located on the summit of Selside Pike. It includes a circular mound of stones 10.5m diameter and up to 0.5m high. The surface of the mound has been partly disturbed by construction of a modern shelter using stones from the cairn. This disturbance has left a grassy rim 0.3m high and 0.6m wide around the edge of the cairn.

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: 22493

Legacy System: RSM


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1515, Cumbria SMR, Selside Pike, (1985)

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