Round cairn west of Hollingworthhall Moor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011682

Date first listed: 07-Feb-1995


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn west of Hollingworthhall Moor
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Tameside (Metropolitan Authority)

National Grid Reference: SJ 98875 98005


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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 minor mutilation of the monument's top and southern side by the erection of an Ornance Survey column and a drystone wall, the round cairn west of Hollingworthhall Moor survives reasonably well. It is a rare survival in Greater Manchester of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.


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The monument includes a round cairn located on a hilltop west of Hollingworthhall Moor. It includes a slightly oval flat-topped mound of stones up to 0.8m high with maximum dimensions of approximately 19m by 18m. The top and the southern edge of the cairn have been partly mutilated by the erection of an Ordnance Survey column and a drystone wall, the wall having since been largely removed. The Ordnance Survey column is included in the scheduling while the remains of a drystone wall on the cairn's western side are excluded from the scheduling but 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.


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Legacy System number: 23759

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Nevell, M, A History & Archaeology of Tameside, (1992), 40-1
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Ref. No. Stalybridge Cairn 21:1, Barnett, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey, (1988)
SMR No. 755/1/1, Gt Manchester SMR, Cairn 2 at Stalybridge, (1992)

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