Round cairn, 190m south-east of Titlington Pike
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- NU 08876 15850
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.
Despite some disturbance to its centre, the round cairn south-east of Titlington Pike survives well. Evidence of the manner of construction, and the nature and duration of its use will be preserved within and beneath the mound. The monument is one of a group of contemporary monuments in the vicinity; taken together they provide a clear indication of the extent of Bronze Age settlement in the area.
The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date, situated prominently
on the summit of a rise which commands extensive views in all directions. The
cairn is 13m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 1.5m. A large hole
in the centre of the cairn and a narrow channel leading in a north-easterly
direction from this are thought to be the result of partial antiquarian
excavation. There are traces of a stone kerb around the south-western
perimeter of the cairn.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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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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