Round cairn 250m south east of High Wath Ford

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020046

Date first listed: 20-Jul-2001

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 250m south east of High Wath Ford
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Location

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

County: Cumbria

District: Allerdale (District Authority)

Parish: Caldbeck

National Park: LAKE DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: NY 35120 34821

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 past disturbance to the monument's summit, the round cairn 250m south east of High Wath Ford survives reasonably well 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 prehistoric round cairn located on a localised high point on unenclosed land 250m south east of High Wath Ford. It consists of an oval-shaped turf and bracken-covered mound of stones which has spread downhill to the north slightly, possibly as a result of unrecorded investigation in the past. The cairn measures 20m north-south by 12m east-west and up to 1.1m high on its northern side.

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: 34960

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Turner, V E, 'Trans Cumb & West Antiq & Arch Soc. New Ser.' in Result of Survey Work Carried Out in the Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, , Vol. LXXXVII, (1987), 19-25

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