Hazely Hill round cairn
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1002948
Date first listed: 25-Jul-1973
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District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference: NT 95540 40367
Hazely Hill round cairn, 140m north of the issue of Duddomill Burn.
Reasons for Designation
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.
Hazeley Hill round cairn is preserved as a low earthwork and excavation has revealed it to be a burial mound with surviving archaeological deposits relating to its use as a funerary monument. The cairn is representative of its period and provides insight into the character of funerary rituals in the earlier Bronze Age.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 1 June 2016. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.
The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of Bronze Age date, situated on the summit of Hazely Hill. The round cairn measures approximately 4.9m in diameter and is preserved as a low earthwork. It was partially excavated in 1863 and found to contain four cremation urns, an incense cup, a bronze pin and a bone pin. Situated above them was a Bronze Age pottery vessel known as a beaker, an additional urn and a flint flake.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: ND 554
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
PastScape Monument No:- 4079
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
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