Two round cairns, 375m north-west of Uplaw Knowe

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008276

Date first listed: 29-Mar-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Two round cairns, 375m north-west of Uplaw Knowe
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Location

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District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Biddlestone

National Park: NORTHUMBERLAND

National Grid Reference: NT 90805 08878

Summary

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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 the centre of one of the cairns, the two round cairns north-west of Uplaw Knowe survive well. The importance of the monument is increased by the survival of a third cairn and a Bronze Age cross dyke in the immediate vicinity; taken together they provide a clear indication of the extent of Bronze Age settlement in the area.

History

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Details

The monument includes two round cairns of prehistoric date situated on a level saddle on a narrow ridge above the Alwinton Burn. The most easterly of the two cairns measures 5m in diameter amd stands to a maximum height of 0.6m high. The second cairn, situated 8m to the west is more substantial than the first and measures 11m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 1m. There is a large shallow hollow in the upper surface of the north-west quadrant, the result of an unrecorded partial excavation.

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 25017

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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