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Round cairn 660m north east of The Cockpit, Askham Fell

A Scheduled Monument in Barton, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.5957 / 54°35'44"N

Longitude: -2.7931 / 2°47'35"W

OS Eastings: 348853.78782

OS Northings: 522563.939146

OS Grid: NY488225

Mapcode National: GBR 8HY9.3C

Mapcode Global: WH81J.2R78

Entry Name: Round cairn 660m north east of The Cockpit, Askham Fell

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1925

Last Amended: 25 July 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007371

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22521

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Barton

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Askham with Lowther

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

Details

The monument is a round cairn located on Askham Fell 660m north east of The
Cockpit stone circle. It includes an oval mound of turf-covered stones up to
0.2m high with maximum dimensions of 4.3m by 3.8m.

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.


The round cairn 660m north east of The Cockpit, Askham Fell is a rare survival
in Cumbria of an undisturbed example of this class of monument. It lies within
an area of open fell rich in prehistoric monuments and will contain
undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old
landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Quartermaine, J, Askham Fell Survey Catalogue, (1992), 25
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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