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Bronze Age round cairn on summit of Hart Heugh, 780m south west of Earlehillhead

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bronze Age round cairn on summit of Hart Heugh, 780m south west of Earlehillhead

List entry Number: 1018446

Location

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County:

District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Earle

National Park: NORTHUMBERLAND

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 03-Jul-1964

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Jan-1999

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31713

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 some disturbance to the Bronze Age round cairn on the summit of Hart Heugh it survives in reasonable condition and retains significant archaeological deposits. It is one of a group of broadly contemporary prehistoric monuments located on Hart Heugh and forms part of a wider archaeological landscape in the Cheviot Hills. It will contribute to any study of burial practices during this period.

History

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Details

The monument includes a burial cairn of Bronze Age date situated on the summit of Hart Heugh with extensive views in all directions. The cairn is oval in shape and survives as a turf covered mound 4m by 2m and stands 0.3m high. The centre of the cairn has been disturbed, probably the result of an unrecorded investigation in the 19th or early 20th century. Over the centre of the prehistoric cairn is a smaller stone cairn of relatively recent date.

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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National Grid Reference: NT 96995 25782

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