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Round cairn 460m NNE of Broadfell

A Scheduled Monument in Orton, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.4827 / 54°28'57"N

Longitude: -2.5751 / 2°34'30"W

OS Eastings: 362836.408708

OS Northings: 509858.268831

OS Grid: NY628098

Mapcode National: GBR BJGL.9V

Mapcode Global: WH93B.FL0B

Entry Name: Round cairn 460m NNE of Broadfell

Scheduled Date: 27 July 1964

Last Amended: 17 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011153

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23623

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Orton

Built-Up Area: Orton

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Orton with Tebay All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle


The monument is a round cairn located on Orton Scar 460m NNE of Broadfell and
adjacent to the highest point attained by the road connecting Orton and
Appleby. It includes a slightly oval, largely turf-covered mound of limestone
rubble up to 1.2m high with maximum dimensions of 17.7m by 17.5m.

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 surface disturbance to the monument's summit, the round cairn
460m NNE of Broadfell survives reasonably well. It is a rare survival in
Cumbria of an unexcavated example of this class of monument and will contain
undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old land
surface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Crow, J., FMW report, (1986)
Cumbria SMR, Cairn 1/3 mile N of Broadfell, (1987)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
RCHME, Westmorland, (1936)

Source: Historic England

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