Cairn on Whitefield Shank, 1100m SSW of Hepple Whitefield Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008892

Date first listed: 26-Nov-1932

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Jan-1993

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn on Whitefield Shank, 1100m SSW of Hepple Whitefield Farm
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Hepple

National Park: NORTHUMBERLAND

National Grid Reference: NY 98149 98167

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 limited disturbance this cairn survives reasonably well and is a good example of its type. The majority of the archaeological deposits are undisturbed and contain valuable evidence relating to the construction of the cairn and the nature and duration of its use.

History

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Details

The monument includes a large cairn of Bronze Age date situated in a prominent position on Whitefield Shank. It measures 13m in diameter and survives to a maximum height of 1.5m. There are traces of a retaining circle at its western end. A shooting hide has been constructed on the south side of the cairn and some stones in the centre of the cairn have also been disturbed and rearranged.

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

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 20906

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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