Round cairn 760m south east of triangulation point on Gains Law
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
- National Park:
- National Grid Reference:
- NT 96283 27859
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.
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:
- Legacy System:
NT 92 NE 173,
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing