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Round cairn 15m east of Hagg Gill

A Scheduled Monument in Lakes, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.4464 / 54°26'47"N

Longitude: -2.8869 / 2°53'12"W

OS Eastings: 342583.387359

OS Northings: 506033.230975

OS Grid: NY425060

Mapcode National: GBR 8K80.SV

Mapcode Global: WH827.MHHM

Entry Name: Round cairn 15m east of Hagg Gill

Scheduled Date: 18 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011358

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22561

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Lakes

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Troutbeck Jesus Church

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle


The monument is a round cairn located on the valley floor 15m east of Hagg
Gill. It includes an oval mound of stones up to 1.3m high with maximum
dimension of 8.7m by 7.5m. The north-west edge of the cairn is kerbed with
larger granite stones, and the south-east edge is kerbed with three granite
stones up to 0.9m long which appear to have originally been set upright but
have now fallen inwards to rest upon the stones forming 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.

The round cairn 15m east of Hagg Gill survives well and is a rare survival in
Cumbria of an unexcavated example of this class of monument. It will contain
undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old
landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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