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Round cairn 50m north east of White Raise round cairn, Askham Fell

A Scheduled Monument in Barton, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.5947 / 54°35'41"N

Longitude: -2.792 / 2°47'31"W

OS Eastings: 348925.019884

OS Northings: 522460.194795

OS Grid: NY489224

Mapcode National: GBR 8HY9.BP

Mapcode Global: WH81J.2RRZ

Entry Name: Round cairn 50m north east of White Raise round cairn, Askham Fell

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1925

Last Amended: 25 July 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007373

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22523

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 50m north east of White
Raise round cairn. It includes a slightly oval flat-topped mound of largely
turf-covered stones up to 0.2m high with maximum dimensions of 6.5m by 6.1m.

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 minor surface disturbance to the top of the monument, the round cairn
50m north east of White Raise round cairn survives reasonably well. 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
land surface beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Quartermaine, J, Askham Fell Survey Catalogue, (1992), 23
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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