Dunmail Raise

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  1. esmeraldamac says:

    Re: Dunmail Raise

    Tricky one, that. History says that Dunmail survived this battle and died in exile on a pilgrimage to Rome thirty years later, in 975CE.

    Options that would support the idea that it’s a burial cairn are that it’s never been excavated properly, so there could be remains under there – we don’t know. As for Dunmail, perhaps there are other bodies there – but not Dunmail. Also, there were a lot of similar names in this period, so there could be some confusion over who died in Rome.

    On the other hand, the Raise has been moved a bit on a couple of occasions – if you’ve been, you’ll know why! – and nothing has been found to suggest there’s something under there.

    There is a theory that the Raise is a pile of ‘soul stones’, ie. you put a stone in the pile before you went into battle, to ‘look after’ your soul. You picked it up after the battle, so the remaining pile represents how many people died there.

    Dunmail Raise, unlike many mountain cairns in Cumbria, is not a Bronze Age cairn, and that battle really happened in 945CE, so I reckon it’s correct to associate it with that. But the burial-place of Dunmail? Probably not.


  2. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Dunmail Raise
    Thanks for the contribution esmeraldamac, it is funny how stories can grow and develop, often totally ignoring and eventually obscuring historical fact.

    Welcome to the site ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. esmeraldamac says:

    Re: Dunmail Raise
    Thank ‘ee ๐Ÿ™‚

    Given that there a lot of cairns with burials about, it’s no wonder people thought that.