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Round cairn 390m west of Linewath

A Scheduled Monument in Mungrisdale, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.7001 / 54°42'0"N

Longitude: -3.0066 / 3°0'23"W

OS Eastings: 335224.239563

OS Northings: 534360.378451

OS Grid: NY352343

Mapcode National: GBR 7GF2.WY

Mapcode Global: WH810.S4G5

Entry Name: Round cairn 390m west of Linewath

Scheduled Date: 20 July 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020049

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34963

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Mungrisdale

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Caldbeck St Mungo

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

Details

The monument includes a prehistoric round cairn located on a localised
highpoint of unenclosed land 390m west of Linewath, from where there are
extensive views in all directions. It consists of an oval-shaped turf-covered
mound of stones which have spread slightly downslope measuring 15m north west-
south east by 10m north east-south west and up to 0.9m high.

MAP EXTRACT
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 390m west of Linewath survives well and will contain
undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old
landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England

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