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Northern round cairn on north end of The Tongue, Troutbeck Park

A Scheduled Monument in Lakes, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.4609 / 54°27'39"N

Longitude: -2.8884 / 2°53'18"W

OS Eastings: 342505.059316

OS Northings: 507639.63372

OS Grid: NY425076

Mapcode National: GBR 8J8V.GP

Mapcode Global: WH827.L4RK

Entry Name: Northern round cairn on north end of The Tongue, Troutbeck Park

Scheduled Date: 12 June 1974

Last Amended: 23 August 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011594

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22549

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 a ridge at the northern end of The
Tongue between the valleys of Trout Beck and Hagg Gill. It includes an oval
mound of largely turf-covered stones up to 0.8m high with maximum dimensions
of 13m by 10m. There is a shallow irregularly-shaped central depression 0.1m

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 monument 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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