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

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

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

List entry Number: 1008892

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Hepple

National Park: NORTHUMBERLAND

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 26-Nov-1932

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Jan-1993

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 20906

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

Selected Sources

Other
No. 2222,

National Grid Reference: NY 98149 98167

Map

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