Round cairn, 800m north east of Lowshield Green


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014051

Date first listed: 01-Jul-1996


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn, 800m north east of Lowshield Green
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Birtley

National Grid Reference: NY 89445 80662


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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 some damage from antiquarian excavation, the cairn 800m north east of Lowshield Green retains significant archaeological deposits. Evidence of the manner of construction and the nature and duration of its use will be preserved within and beneath the mound.


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The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of Bronze Age date situated on a high north east-south west ridge with an open aspect to the west. The cairn is visible as the disturbed remains of a stone and earth mound measuring 13m in diameter and standing to a maximum height of 1.5m. Several hollows in the surface of the cairn represent the remains of 19th century part excavations. The cairn is thought to have been investigated in 1884 by G R Hall, the vicar of Birtley when it was known as Dan's Cairn. The cairn is situated in an area which was occupied intensively during the medieval period and the agricultural and settlement remains also visible are considered to belong to this period and are not contemporary with the cairn.

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.


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Legacy System number: 25168

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Rome Hall, G, 'Archaeologia Aeliana 2 ser 7' in Archaeologia Aeliana 2 ser 7, (1876)
NY 88 SE 04,

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