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Selside Pike round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Shap Rural, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.4934 / 54°29'36"N

Longitude: -2.7878 / 2°47'15"W

OS Eastings: 349071.280488

OS Northings: 511180.854067

OS Grid: NY490111

Mapcode National: GBR 8JZH.80

Mapcode Global: WH823.4BR4

Entry Name: Selside Pike round cairn

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007591

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22493

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Shap Rural

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Shap with Swindale St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle


The monument is a round cairn located on the summit of Selside Pike. It
includes a circular mound of stones 10.5m diameter and up to 0.5m high. The
surface of the mound has been partly disturbed by construction of a modern
shelter using stones from the cairn. This disturbance has left a grassy rim
0.3m high and 0.6m wide around the edge of the cairn.

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 surface disturbance to the mound caused by construction of a
modern shelter, Selside Pike round cairn survives reasonably well. It is not
known to have been excavated and will contain undisturbed archaeological
deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1515, Cumbria SMR, Selside Pike, (1985)

Source: Historic England

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