Round cairn 460m south of Cowey's Cairn
- 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:
- NY 89605 99301
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 at its centre, the round cairn 460m south of Cowey's Cairn is reasonably well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. It will add to our knowledge and understanding of Bronze Age funerary and ritual practices in the area.
The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of Bronze Age date,
situated on a south east facing slope in an area of open moorland. The round
cairn, circular in shape, is constructed of large stones and measures 10m in
diameter. It stands to an average height of 1m and is a maximum of 1.5m high
on the eastern side. The centre of the cairn has been disturbed by an
unrecorded antiquarian excavation.
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.
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Books and journals
Charlton, B, Fifty centuries of Peace and War, (1996), 29
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