Round cairn, 240m east of Ravens Pike

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014078

Date first listed: 29-Apr-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn, 240m east of Ravens Pike
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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: Rochester

National Park: NORTHUMBERLAND

National Grid Reference: NT 78275 06247

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 round cairn near Ravens Pike is 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 substantial round cairn of Bronze Age date situated on a prominent east facing a shoulder of land on the slopes of Emmet Law. The cairn, composed of stone and earth, has spread to a diameter of 12m and stands to a maximum height of 1.2m. There are signs of disturbance to the upper cairn material in the south east quadrant but this may be no more than superficial stone robbing.

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: 25190

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Charlton, D B, Day, J C, An Archaeological Survey of the MOD Training Area, Otterburn, (1977), 21

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