Round cairn on Shillhope Law
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1008434
Date first listed: 18-Jul-2000
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
National Park: NORTHUMBERLAND
National Grid Reference: NT 87310 09677
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 on Shillhope Law is well preserved and contains significant archaeological deposits. Evidence of the manner of construction, and the nature and duration of its use will be preserved within and beneath the mound.
The monument includes the remains of a substantial round cairn of prehistoric
date situated on the summit of Shillhope Law. The cairn, composed of loose
angular stones, measures 16m east-west by 20m north-south and stands to a
maximum height of 1m. There is an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar on the
top of the cairn, surrounded by a modern cairn of stones and a stone wall.
The surrounding stone wall is excluded from the scheduling, although the
ground beneath it is included.
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: 25053
Legacy System: RSM
NT 80 NE 06,
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.
End of official listing