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Two round cairns 870m south east of Butteryhaugh Bridge including Deadman Cairn

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: Two round cairns 870m south east of Butteryhaugh Bridge including Deadman Cairn

List entry Number: 1009665

Location

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

County:

District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Kielder

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 19-Mar-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Nov-1994

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 25105

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 the fact that their central areas have been disturbed, the round cairns south east of Butteryhaugh Bridge survive reasonably well and contain significant archaeological deposits.

History

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Details

The monument includes the remains of a substantial round cairn of Bronze Age date, known as Deadman Cairn, situated on a south facing slope. The cairn, of large irregular stones, measures 20m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 1.8m. The centre has been disturbed by 19th century antiquarian excavation, and the stones have been more recently rearranged by shepherds. On the south side of the cairn there is a second, smaller cairn constructed of stone and earth 5m in diameter and standing to a maximum height of 0.6m. A hole in the centre of the smaller cairn is also the result of antiquarian exploration.

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

Books and journals
MacLaughlan, H, Additional Notes on Roman Roads in Northumberland, (1867), 62
MacLaughlan, H, Additional Notes on Roman Roads in Northumberland, (1867), 62
Other
NY 69 SW 08,

National Grid Reference: NY 63779 92212

Map

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