Round cairn west of Windy Gyle, 680m WNW of Russell's Cairn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015319

Date first listed: 09-Dec-1997


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn west of Windy Gyle, 680m WNW of Russell's Cairn
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Alwinton


National Grid Reference: NT 84884 15321

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 west of Windy Gyle survives well and contains significant archaeological deposits. It is one of a group of cairns situated along the border ridge and will contribute to our knowledge and understanding of Bronze Age settlement and activity.


The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of prehistoric date situated on the western shoulder of Windy Gyle and straddling the England- Scotland border. It is composed of stone and earth, measures 9m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 1m. There is a shallow hollow 4m wide in the centre of the cairn, the result of partial excavation in the 19th century.

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: 25031

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
The County of Roxburgh: Volume 2, (1956), 352

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