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Round cairn on Burn Banks

A Scheduled Monument in Bampton, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.5392 / 54°32'20"N

Longitude: -2.7717 / 2°46'18"W

OS Eastings: 350167.906849

OS Northings: 516261.779979

OS Grid: NY501162

Mapcode National: GBR 9H2Y.QM

Mapcode Global: WH81X.D5CJ

Entry Name: Round cairn on Burn Banks

Scheduled Date: 1 November 1963

Last Amended: 19 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007413

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22516

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 the south facing hillside of Burn
Banks overlooking Haweswater Dam. It includes a circular mound of stones up to
0.6m high and 6m in diameter. There has been some minor surface disturbance to
the monument's centre.

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 some minor surface disturbance to the monument's centre, the round
cairn on Burn Banks survives reasonably well. It will retain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the cairn and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Turner, V, Lake District National Park Survey 1984 Shap and Askham, (1986)
Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)

Source: Historic England

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