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Round cairn 280m west of Old Harpers Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Horwich, Bolton

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Latitude: 53.607 / 53°36'25"N

Longitude: -2.5107 / 2°30'38"W

OS Eastings: 366303.802079

OS Northings: 412389.390675

OS Grid: SD663123

Mapcode National: GBR BVXQ.7Q

Mapcode Global: WH97M.DLNP

Entry Name: Round cairn 280m west of Old Harpers Farm

Scheduled Date: 16 September 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008907

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23710

County: Bolton

Civil Parish: Horwich

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Horwich Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Manchester


The monument includes a round cairn located on a local high point 280m west of
Old Harpers Farm. It includes a slightly oval mound of turf covered stones up
to 0.4m high with maximum dimensions of 12m by 11.5m.

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 disturbance to the monument's surface, the round cairn 280m west
of Old Harpers Farm survives reasonably well. It is an unexcavated example of
this class of monument and will therefore retain undisturbed archaeological
deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
SMR No. 1464/1/0, Gt Manchester SMR, Horwich Mound, Adam's Hill, (1989)

Source: Historic England

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