Round cairn 530m west of Stanley Cottages


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017734

Date first listed: 24-Feb-1998


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Sandhoe

National Grid Reference: NY 97131 68482


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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.

Despite the fact that the round cairn 530m west of Stanley Cottages has been partially excavated, it is reasonably well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. Its location, immediately south of Hadrian's Wall, will add to our understanding of the the prehistoric landscape through which the Wall was later constructed.


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The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date situated on the summit of a low knoll. The cairn measures 8m in diameter and survives to a maximum height of 0.4m. The round cairn was partially excavated in the 1920s by R C Hedley who uncovered a stony mound with a covering of earth.

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.


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Legacy System number: 28573

Legacy System: RSM


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