Round cairn 35m east of summit of Long Scar Pike


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008560

Date first listed: 02-Mar-1993


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 35m east of summit of Long Scar Pike
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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 59338 10862


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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 the modern cairn, the round cairn 35m east of the summit of Long Scar Pike survives well. It will retain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface.


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The monument is a round cairn located 35m east of the summit of Long Scar Pike. It includes an oval mound of limestone rubble up to 2.5m high with maximum dimensions of 28m north-south by 22m east-west. Much of the surface of the monument is composed of small pieces of limestone but beneath this layer are larger blocks of the same material. There is an irregularly-shaped hollow up to O.35m deep at the mound's centre. The monument is not known to have been excavated. The surface of the cairn has been partly disturbed by construction of a modern cairn in the middle of the monument.

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: 22454

Legacy System: RSM


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1582, Cumbria SMR, Long Scar Pike, (1985)

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