Cairn 1250m north-east of Cartington Castle
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1008691
Date first listed: 25-Feb-1993
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference: NU 04795 05399
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 limited stone robbing, this cairn is very well preserved and largely intact. Significant archaeological deposits are undisturbed and contain valuable evidence relating to the construction of the cairn and the nature and duration of its use. Additionally, it is one of a group of large Prehistoric burial cairns located prominently on the summits of hills in Coquetdale and it will contribute to our understanding of Prehistoric settlement and activity in the area.
The monument includes a large cairn of Bronze Age date situated on the edge of
a scarp on Cartington Hill. It commands extensive views in all directions and
is a prominent landmark. The heather covered cairn is very well preserved and
measures 14m in diameter and survives to a height of 1.3m. Traces of a kerb
are visible around the northern periphery where the cairn is best preserved.
A hole at the centre of the mound has been produced by stone robbing.
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: 20898
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Dixon, D D, Upper Coquetdale, (1903)
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