Round cairn, 250m south east of Low Hall

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014072

Date first listed: 04-Jun-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Mar-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn, 250m south east of Low Hall
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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: Matfen

National Grid Reference: NZ 03694 72386

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.

The cairn near Low Hall is reasonably well preserved and 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.

History

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Details

The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of Bronze Age date situated on a low ridge. The cairn, constructed of stone and earth, has a diameter of 16m and stands to a maximum height of 0.8m. The top of the mound is very flat and may have been artificially levelled. During the 19th century an unrecorded antiquarian excavation at the cairn uncovered two stone coffins or cists each containing the remains of a cremation.

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: 25183

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Tomlinson, W W, Comprehensive Guide to Northumberland, (1888), 148
Other
NZ 07 SW 08,

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