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.
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)
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