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Round cairn on The Roaches

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Round cairn on The Roaches

List entry Number: 1009042

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Staffordshire

District: Staffordshire Moorlands

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Leekfrith

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 19-Nov-1992

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 22441

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 bounds the edges of the mound. Burials were placed in small pits, or on occasion within a box-like structure called a cist, let into the old ground surface or set within 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 visitor erosion to the monument's surface, the cairn on The Roaches survives well. It is a rare survival in the Peak District of an unexcavated example of this class of monument.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round cairn located on The Roaches at the highest point of a ridge. It is an oval mound of gritstone boulders and earth up to 2.5m high with maximum dimensions of 14.5m by 12.5m. The cairn has been added to the eastern side of a natural outcrop. It is not known to have been excavated. An Ordnance Survey triangulation column on the monument's summit is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is included.

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.

Selected Sources

Other
SMR No 4087, Staffs SMR, Barrow, The Roaches,

National Grid Reference: SK 00107 63891

Map

Map
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End of official listing