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Long cairn on the south western slope of Dod Hill, 1km north east of The Dod

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: Long cairn on the south western slope of Dod Hill, 1km north east of The Dod

List entry Number: 1019417

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Ilderton

National Park: NORTHUMBERLAND

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 06-Oct-2000

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31744

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Long cairns were constructed as elongated rubble mounds and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic periods (c.3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long cairns appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the human remains having been selected for interment. Long cairns sometimes display evidence of internal structural arrangements, including stone-lined compartments and tomb chambers constructed from massive slabs. Some examples also show edge-set kerb stones bounding parts of the cairn perimeter. Certain sites provide evidence for several phases of funeral activity preceding construction of the cairn, and consequently it is probable that long cairns acted as important ritual sites for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 examples of long cairns and long barrows, their counterparts in central and eastern England, are recorded nationally. As one of the few types of Neolithic structure to survive as a visible monument and due to their comparative rarity, their considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all positively identified long cairns are considered to be nationally important.

The long cairn on the south western slope of Dod Hill, 1km north east of The Dod is well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. It is a rare monument class in Northumberland and extends the distribution of long cairns into the north Cheviots. It will contribute to the study of Bronze Age burial and land use in this area.

History

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Details

The monument includes the remains of a long cairn of Bronze Age date. It is located on the southern slopes of Dod Hill above the Lilburn Burn and has extensive views to the south and east. The adjacent prehistoric and medieval sites are the subject of separate schedulings. The cairn is triangular in plan and aligned NNW by SSE. It measures 24m long, with its widest point at the uphill, northern end measuring 14m wide and standing up to 1.5m high. The cairn is formed of earth and stone.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Gates, T, 'Archaeologia Aeliana' in A Long Cairn On Dod Hill, Ilderton, Northumberland, , Vol. 5 ser 10, (1982), 210-11

National Grid Reference: NT 98698 20644

Map

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