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Round cairn 475m south east of White Raise round cairn, Askham Fell

A Scheduled Monument in Askham, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.5925 / 54°35'32"N

Longitude: -2.7862 / 2°47'10"W

OS Eastings: 349297.661378

OS Northings: 522204.369903

OS Grid: NY492222

Mapcode National: GBR 8HZB.LH

Mapcode Global: WH81J.5TJQ

Entry Name: Round cairn 475m south east of White Raise round cairn, Askham Fell

Scheduled Date: 7 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007377

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22527

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Askham

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 in a fairly prominent position on top of
a slight rise on Askham Fell, 475m south east of White Raise round cairn. It
includes a flat-topped circular mound of stones 4m in diameter and up to 0.4m
high. Some larger stones around the eastern edge of the cairn form a kerb.

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 the loss of some of the monument's kerbing stones, the round cairn
475m south east of White Raise round cairn survives 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 landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Quartermaine, J, Askham Fell Survey Catalogue, (1992), 21
Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)

Source: Historic England

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