Round cairn 760m south east of triangulation point on Gains Law


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017384

Date first listed: 26-Jan-2000


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 760m south east of triangulation point on Gains Law
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Akeld


National Grid Reference: NT 96283 27859


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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 760m south east of a triangulation point on Gains Law is reasonably well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. The importance of the monument is enhanced by the proximity of a larger cairnfield immediately to the west and by the nearby Bronze Age settlement and field system of Houseledge on the west side of Gains Law. It is one of a group of broadly contemporary monuments in this area and forms part of a wider archaeological landscape. It will contribute to any study of prehistoric activity and burial practices during this period.


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The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date, situated just below the summit of Gains Law with extensive views to the north. The cairn is visible as a mound of stone, 3m in diameter and standing to 0.3m high. The remains of a kerb are visible on the south side.

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: 31743

Legacy System: RSM


NT 92 NE 173,

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