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Round cairn 680m ENE of Dalefoot

A Scheduled Monument in Bampton, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.5762 / 54°34'34"N

Longitude: -2.7764 / 2°46'35"W

OS Eastings: 349907.27801

OS Northings: 520386.113656

OS Grid: NY499203

Mapcode National: GBR 9H1J.QB

Mapcode Global: WH81Q.B74N

Entry Name: Round cairn 680m ENE of Dalefoot

Scheduled Date: 16 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007366

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22537

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Bampton

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Bampton St Patrick

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

Details

The monument is a round cairn located on a low hilltop 680m ENE of Dalefoot.
It includes a partly mutilated oval mound of largely turf-covered stones up to
0.4m high with maximum dimensions of 9m by 8m. There are five earthfast stones
visible on the cairn's summit.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 removal of part of the mound's surface on the western side of the
monument, the round cairn 680m ENE of Dalefoot survives reasonably well. It
will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the remaining part of
the cairn and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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