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Round cairn 460m north of New Barn

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Round cairn 460m north of New Barn

List entry Number: 1020086

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Derbyshire

District: Derbyshire Dales

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Taddington

National Park: PEAK DISTRICT

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 25-Jun-2001

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31298

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

The round cairn 460m north of New Barn is particularly important as a rare example of an undisturbed funerary monument. Additionally, small round cairns are uncommon upon the limestone plateau. The intact deposits within the monument are potentially of great value in understanding both the Bronze Age funerary rituals of this region and the society that practised them.

History

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Details

The monument includes a prehistoric round cairn standing close to the edge of a ridgetop directly south of Miller's Dale. The cairn comprises a turf-covered mound of limestone, occupying fairly level ground within an area of unimproved grassland. This location provides extensive views in all directions.

The cairn measures 5.5m by 4.5m and stands 0.3m high, appearing well-defined and carefully constructed. There are no signs of disturbance to the surface of the cairn indicating that the monument has avoided damage through antiquarian excavation or quarrying. The size and location of the cairn indicate that it is Bronze Age in date and funerary in function.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Barnatt, J W, Priestcliffe Lees nature reserve Archaeological survey 1993, (1993), 1,3
Other
Barnatt, J W, Peak District Barrow Survey, 1989, unpublished survey
Barnatt, J W, Peak District Barrow Survey, 1989, unpublished survey

National Grid Reference: SK 14657 72979

Map

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