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Round cairn on Dale Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Crosby Ravensworth, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.51 / 54°30'36"N

Longitude: -2.6154 / 2°36'55"W

OS Eastings: 360250.634017

OS Northings: 512919.94642

OS Grid: NY602129

Mapcode National: GBR BJ59.K1

Mapcode Global: WH933.SWRX

Entry Name: Round cairn on Dale Moor

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007587

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22474

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Crosby Ravensworth

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Crosby Ravensworth St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle


The monument is a round cairn located on the gently graded north-east facing
hillside of Dale Moor 360m south of Lane Head. It includes a turf-covered oval
mound of limestone rubble up to 0.75m high with maximum dimensions of 10.5m by
9m. Two boulders on the edge of the cairn's north-eastern quadrant are the
remains of a kerb. Limited antiquarian investigation of the monument's centre
located an inhumation, an urn, and disc beads of brownish lignite.

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 funerary monuments covering single or multiple burials and
dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000 - 700 BC). They were constructed as mounds of
earth and stone rubble up to 40m in external diameter but usually considerably
smaller; a kerb of edge set stones sometimes bound the edges of the mound.
Burials were placed in small pits, on the old land surface or, on occasion,
within a box-like structure called a cist let into the old ground surface or
dug into the body of the cairn. Round cairns can occur as isolated monuments,
in small groups or in large cemeteries. Their considerable variation in form
and longevity as a monument type provides important information on the
diversity of beliefs, burial practices and social organisation in the Bronze
Age. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial
proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of preservation.
Despite limited antiquarian investigation of the monument's centre, the round
cairn on Dale Moor survives well. This investigation located human remains,
pottery and decorative beads, and further evidence of interments and grave
goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1729, Cumbria SMR, Dale Moor, (1985)
To Robinson,K.D. (MPPFW), Turnbull, P, (1992)

Source: Historic England

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