Round cairn 720m west of Chase Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017080

Date first listed: 25-Nov-1999


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 720m west of Chase Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Gloucestershire

District: Forest of Dean (District Authority)

Parish: Tidenham

National Grid Reference: ST 54370 98744


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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.

Although the round cairn 720m west of Chase Farm may have been disturbed, it will still contain evidence for primary and possibly secondary burials, along with grave goods, which will provide information about prehistoric funerary practices. The cairn will also preserve environmental information in the buried original ground surface, predating the construction of the cairn, and giving an insight into the landscape within which the monument was set.


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The monument includes a stone cairn situated just below the crest of a south facing slope in the Forest of Dean. The cairn has a stone mound which measures 6m in diameter and is about 0.5m high. Two large stone slabs, about 1m long lie parallel to each other about 0.4m apart on the centre of the mound. Around these are scattered a number of large limestone slabs, forming a roughly circular cairn. It is possible that the cairn was disturbed during the course of unrecorded excavation in the past.

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: 32383

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
O`Neil, H E, Grinsell, L V, 'Proc of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Arch Soc' in Gloucestershire Barrows, , Vol. LXXIX, (1960), 135

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