Keys to the Past

Bronze Age Burial Cairn (Alnham)

This mound of stones is probably a Bronze Age burial cairn. It lies 10m east of a farm road, on a slight knoll. The cairn is circular (5.9m in diameter) and its outer edge is marked by a series of large boulders, forming a kerb. The smaller stones within the cairn are not quite level with the top of the kerb stones. The kerb stones show that this cairn was carefully built, and is unlikely to be a clearance cairn. The burials in these cairns could either be cremations or normal burials, and were probably placed in a small box made from stone slabs known as a cist.

Reference number:N1378
Historical period: Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Alnham


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