Round cairn, 460m east of Edge House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011420

Date first listed: 25-Feb-1994


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn, 460m east of Edge House
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Chollerton

National Grid Reference: NY 93238 73156

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 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. It is a rare survival in this part of Northumberland where few other round cairns are known.


The monument includes a cairn of Bronze Age date situated in the centre of a cultivated field. It measures 12m in diameter and survives to a height of 1.2m high. The mound is hollowed in the centre, the result of partial excavation in 1866 in which a central stone coffin containing the remains of a burial and a flint, and two secondary cremations, one of the latter in a Bronze Age pot, were uncovered.

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: 20925

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
'Proc Soc Antiq Ncle 2 ser 4 1889-90' in Proc Soc Antiq Ncle 2 ser 4 1889-90, (1889), 11-112
No. 5521,

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