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Round cairn on Hameldon Pasture

A Scheduled Monument in Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7896 / 53°47'22"N

Longitude: -2.1666 / 2°9'59"W

OS Eastings: 389118.202087

OS Northings: 432596.802597

OS Grid: SD891325

Mapcode National: GBR FS9M.Q8

Mapcode Global: WHB84.P0GN

Entry Name: Round cairn on Hameldon Pasture

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1929

Last Amended: 23 September 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008919

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23722

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire


The monument includes a round cairn located on the western edge of a moorland
plateau on Hameldon Pasture. It includes a circular mound of earth and stones
13m in diameter and up to 0.3m high. There are a some shallow hollows on the
cairn's surface, the largest being at the centre and measuring approximately
2.5m by 1.5m by 0.3m deep. These hollows are a legacy of limited antiquarian
investigation of the cairn in 1843 by Studley Martin of nearby Ormerod House
who found an undecorated urn containing the cremated remains of an adult and a
child located in a stone cist at the cairn's centre.

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 antiquarian investigation of the monument's centre, the round
cairn on Hameldon Pasture survives reasonably well. This investigation
located human remains and pottery, and further evidence of interments and
grave goods will exist within the cairn and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Trans Lancs & Chesh Antiq Soc' in Proceedings. Extwistle Moor, Burnley, , Vol. II, (1893), 158
Edwards, B J N, 'Lancs Arch Bull.' in Burnley Area Prehistoric Sites, , Vol. 7 No.4, (), 53
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)

Source: Historic England

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