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Prehistoric cairnfield 1.0km ESE of Low Gillerthwaite

A Scheduled Monument in Ennerdale and Kinniside, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.5132 / 54°30'47"N

Longitude: -3.3164 / 3°18'59"W

OS Eastings: 314870.072655

OS Northings: 513893.146823

OS Grid: NY148138

Mapcode National: GBR 5J87.SX

Mapcode Global: WH70J.1T0H

Entry Name: Prehistoric cairnfield 1.0km ESE of Low Gillerthwaite

Scheduled Date: 5 April 2013

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1408244

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Ennerdale and Kinniside

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Lamplugh St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle


A prehistoric cairnfield located 1.0km ESE of Low Gillerthwaite.

Source: Historic England


The monument includes the upstanding and buried remains of a small prehistoric cairnfield situated on a raised plateau above the alluvial mire on the north side of the River Liza 1.0km ESE of Low Gillerthwaite. The cairnfield includes nine oval-shaped clearance cairns up to 1.5m high and varying between 4m-10m long by 1m-5m wide.

Extent of Scheduling

The scheduling includes the upstanding and buried remains of the prehistoric cairnfield together with the archaeologically sensitive ground between all the cairns as surveyed by Lancaster University Archaeological Unit between 1995-1997. The protection also includes a 10m boundary beyond the edge of the outermost cairns which is considered essential for the support and preservation of the cairnfield and thus provides a rectangular area measuring 90m by 45m.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The prehistoric cairnfield 1.0km ESE of Low Gillerthwaite is scheduled for the following principal reasons:

* Survival: it survives well with features standing up to 1.5m high:
* Potential: it will enhance our understanding of the nature of prehistoric settlement patterns in Ennerdale and the wider upland landscape
* Group Value: the monument is associated with numerous contemporary and non-contemporary monuments in the Ennerdale valley
* Documentation: our understanding of prehistoric settlement and agriculture practices in Ennerdale is significantly enhanced by the archaeological surveys undertaken between 1995-97.

Source: Historic England


Lancaster University Archaeological Unit, Ennerdale Forest, Cumbria. Archaeological Survey. Final Report, March 1998,
Oxford Archaeology North, Ennerdale, West Cumbria. Historic Landscape Survey, November 2003,

Source: Historic England

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