Round cairn 250m south-south-west of Bluegill Fold


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011349

Date first listed: 10-Nov-1964

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Oct-1993


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 250m south-south-west of Bluegill Fold
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cumbria

District: South Lakeland (District Authority)

Parish: Lakes

National Park: LAKE DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: NY 42734 07738


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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 minor surface disturbance to the monument's summit, the round cairn 250m south-south-west of Bluegill Fold survives reasonably well. It will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the cairn and upon the old landsurface beneath.


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The monument is a round cairn located close to the valley bottom of Hagg Gill 250m south-south-west of Bluegill Fold. It includes a slightly oval mound of partly turf-covered stones up to 0.6m high with maximum dimensions of 9m by 8.5m. There is an irregularly-shaped hollow 0.2m deep on the monument's summit.

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: 22552

Legacy System: RSM


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1924, Cumbria SMR, Two Cairns S. of Blue Gill Fold, (1985)

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