Cairn 570m east-north-east of Wittondean Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1008699
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)
Parish: Whitton and Tosson
National Grid Reference: NU 06010 00048
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 being truncated on its southern side, this cairn survives well and it retains archaeological deposits relating to the construction of the cairn and the nature and duration of its use. Additionally, it is one of a group of Prehistoric monuments which survive on this area of moorland and it will contribute to our understanding of Prehistoric settlement and activity in the area.
The monument includes a cairn of Bronze Age date situated near the top of a
north facing slope. The cairn survives to a maximum height of 0.9m and
measures 12m in diameter. The mound is constructed of stone and earth; traces
of several large stones around its edge represent the remains of a retaining
MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 20890
Legacy System: RSM
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