Round cairn, 670m NNE of Middle House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008432

Date first listed: 20-Jun-1994


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn, 670m NNE of Middle House
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Newbrough


National Grid Reference: NY 84894 70255

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.

The round cairn NNE of Middle House survives well and contains significant archaeological deposits. It is one of a scatter of cairns situated in an area adjacent to the Roman frontier and will contribute to our knowledge and understanding of the pre-Roman landscape here.


The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of prehistoric date, situated on a gentle south east facing slope. The cairn, of earth and stone construction, measures 13m in diameter and stands to a height of 0.5m. The top of the cairn has the appearance of being rather flattened, the probable result of unrecorded partial excavation in the 19th century.

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.

Legacy System number: 25050

Legacy System: RSM


NY 87 SW 24,

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