Bronze Age cairnfield on north west slopes of Hart Heugh, 900m south west of Wooler Common


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018376

Date first listed: 21-Jan-1999


Ordnance survey map of Bronze Age cairnfield on north west slopes of Hart Heugh, 900m south west of Wooler Common
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Wooler


National Grid Reference: NT 96545 26095


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Reasons for Designation

Cairnfields are concentrations of cairns sited in close proximity to one another. They often consist largely of clearance cairns, built with stone cleared from the surrounding landsurface to improve its use for agriculture, and on occasion their distribution pattern can be seen to define field plots. However, funerary cairns are also frequently incorporated, although without excavation it may be impossible to determine which cairns contain burials. Clearance cairns were constructed from the Neolithic period (from c.3400 BC), although the majority of examples appear to be the result of field clearance which began during the earlier Bronze Age and continued into the later Bronze Age (2000-700 BC). The considerable longevity and variation in the size, content and associations of cairnfields provide important information on the development of land use and agricultural practices. Cairnfields also retain information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation during the prehistoric period.

The Bronze Age cairnfield situated north west of Hart Heugh is well preserved and will retain significant archaeological deposits. Its importance is enhanced by the survival nearby of other broadly contemporary field systems and cairnfields, clustered around Fredden Hill. It is part of a wider archaeological landscape in the Cheviot Hills and will contribute to any study of land use during this period.


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The monument includes the remains of a cairnfield of prehistoric date situated on level ground below Hart Heugh. The cairnfield comprises at least eight clearance cairns, roughly circular in shape and measuring between 5m and 2m in diameter. The largest cairn stands 0.4m high and has some kerb stones visible through the turf cover which suggest it is funerary in nature.

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Legacy System number: 31710

Legacy System: RSM

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