Round cairn 960m ENE of West Wilkwood

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018940

Date first listed: 03-Jul-2000

Map

Ordnance survey map of Round cairn 960m ENE of West Wilkwood
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Location

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District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Alwinton

National Park: NORTHUMBERLAND

National Grid Reference: NT 88797 04208

Summary

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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.

The round cairn 960m ENE of West Wilkwood is well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. As a good example of an undisturbed round cairn it will add greatly to our knowledge and understanding of Bronze Age funerary and ritual practices in the region.

History

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Details

The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of Bronze Age date, situated on a low knoll on a promontory formed by two tributaries of the Whitelee Sike. The round cairn, circular in shape and of stone and earth construction, measures 9m in diameter. It stands to a maximum height of 1.5m and remains undisturbed.

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 32736

Legacy System: RSM

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