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


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018446

Date first listed: 03-Jul-1964

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Jan-1999


Ordnance survey map of Bronze Age round cairn on summit of Hart Heugh, 780m south west of Earlehillhead
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Earle


National Grid Reference: NT 96995 25782


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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.


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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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Legacy System number: 31713

Legacy System: RSM

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