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Bleara Lowe round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Kelbrook and Sough, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.9046 / 53°54'16"N

Longitude: -2.1132 / 2°6'47"W

OS Eastings: 392660.942747

OS Northings: 445388.122874

OS Grid: SD926453

Mapcode National: GBR FRP9.91

Mapcode Global: WHB7L.H3YZ

Entry Name: Bleara Lowe round cairn

Scheduled Date: 24 February 1971

Last Amended: 20 August 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008914

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23717

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Kelbrook and Sough

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire


The monument includes Bleara Lowe round cairn located on the summit of Bleara
Moor. It includes a slightly oval mound of peat and heather-covered stones up
to 1.4m high with maximum dimensions of 21m east-west by 19m north-south.
There is a rectangular hollow measuring 3m by 1.5m by 0.4m deep on the
monument's summit.

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 limited disturbance to the monument's summit, Bleara Lowe round cairn
survives reasonably well. It will contain 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)

Source: Historic England

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