Round cairn on Parlick Pike

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011679

Date first listed: 08-Feb-1995

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn on Parlick Pike
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Lancashire

District: Ribble Valley (District Authority)

Parish: Chipping

County: Lancashire

District: Wyre (District Authority)

Parish: Bleasdale

National Grid Reference: SD 59577 45024

Summary

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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 caused by the erection of a post and wire fence across the site, the round cairn on Parlick Pike survives well. It is a rare survival in Lancashire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round cairn located on the summit of Parlick Pike. It includes a circular mound of largely turf covered stones measuring 17m in diameter and up to 1.4m high. A post and wire fence crossing the monument is excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath it 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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 23751

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

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