Round cairn on the summit of Heddon Hill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019932

Date first listed: 07-Aug-2001


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Ilderton


National Grid Reference: NU 00415 20300


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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.

Although the round cairn on the summit of Heddon Hill has had a triangulation point built on it, the extent of disturbance is limited and archaeological deposits survive well. It will provide evidence of burials and will contribute to our knowledge of funerary practice and ritual activity during the Bronze Age. The structure of the covering cairn will reveal details of the manner of its construction, and the retrieval of pottery and stone or metal implements from the cairn and the ground surface beneath it will indicate the duration of its use. Evidence relating to the wider Bronze Age environment is also likely to survive in the form of pollen grains. The importance of this cairn is enhanced by its intervisibility with other cairns on nearby hills as well as by the survival of other well-preserved archaeological sites on Heddon Hill.


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The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of Bronze Age date situated on the summit of Heddon Hill with a panoramic view. The cairn is intervisible with others on Dod Hill to the west. The round cairn, which has been partly disturbed by the construction of an Ordnance Survey triangulation point in its north east sector, is built of loosely packed stone and earth and has a kerb around its edge. It measures 4m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 0.2m. The round cairn is one of a group of prehistoric sites on Heddon Hill which are the subject of separate schedulings. The triangulation point is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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: 34232

Legacy System: RSM


NU 02 SW 129,

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