Round cairn, 700m north-east of Daw's Hill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011399

Date first listed: 25-Jan-1994


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn, 700m north-east of Daw's Hill
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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 94507 01354

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.

This cairn north-east of Daw's Hill is well preserved and a good example of its type. Evidence of the manner of construction and the nature and duration of use will be preserved within and beneath the mound. The cairn is associated with a larger group of burial cairns in the vicinity and will retain information on its relationship to other members of this group.


The monument includes a cairn of Bronze Age date located in a prominent position overlooking Holystone Common to the north-east. It is situated on the edge of a high ridge in an area of outcropping rock between two hollow ways. The heather-covered cairn is 7.5m in diameter and at least 1m high. A shallow disturbed area is visible at the centre of the earth and stone mound but the damage is slight and limited in area. The location of the cairn suggests that it is associated with other burial cairns on the lower ground of Holystone Common.

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.


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

Legacy System number: 20956

Legacy System: RSM

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