Round cairn, 160m south of Hard Nab

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011085

Date first listed: 09-Mar-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn, 160m south of Hard Nab
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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: Callaly

National Grid Reference: NU 05485 08526

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.

Although the surface of the cairn has been re-arranged, the extent of disturbance is limited and archaeological deposits survive reasonably well. The monument is one of a number of cairns in the vicinity; taken together, these monuments provide a clear indication of the extent of Bronze Age settlement in the area.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date situated prominently on the summit of a rocky outcrop, rendering it visible from all directions. The cairn is 20m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 1.6m. The summit of the cairn is surmounted by a modern marker cairn, partially constructed from re-arranged stones.

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: 20986

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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