Round cairn, 530m west of Holystone Grange


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011398

Date first listed: 25-Jan-1994


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn, 530m west of Holystone Grange
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Harbottle


National Grid Reference: NT 96096 00387


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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 cairn 530m west of Holystone Grange has been subject to partial exavation in the past, the extent of disturbance is limited and archaeological deposits survive well. Evidence of the manner of construction and the nature and duration of use will be preserved within and beneath the mound.


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The monument includes a cairn of Bronze Age date situated at the eastern end of a low ridge in an area of open moorland. The cairn is 9m in diameter and 0.5m high. The earth and stone mound has a circular hollow 3.5m in diameter at its centre, the result of partial excavation in the nineteenth century by Canon Greenwell. The cairn was opened in 1870 when it is reported that Bronze Age pots and several unspecified items were discovered.

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Legacy System number: 20955

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Tomlinson, W W, Comprehensive Guide to Northumberland, (1916), 345
No. 648,

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