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Hazely Hill round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Lowick, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.6568 / 55°39'24"N

Longitude: -2.0724 / 2°4'20"W

OS Eastings: 395539.578744

OS Northings: 640366.624017

OS Grid: NT955403

Mapcode National: GBR F3Z1.30

Mapcode Global: WH9Z3.42DR

Entry Name: Hazely Hill round cairn

Scheduled Date: 25 July 1973

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002948

English Heritage Legacy ID: ND 554

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Lowick

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Ford And Etal

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


Hazely Hill round cairn, 140m north of the issue of Duddomill Burn.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 1 June 2016. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of Bronze Age date, situated on the summit of Hazely Hill. The round cairn measures approximately 4.9m in diameter and is preserved as a low earthwork. It was partially excavated in 1863 and found to contain four cremation urns, an incense cup, a bronze pin and a bone pin. Situated above them was a Bronze Age pottery vessel known as a beaker, an additional urn and a flint flake.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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.

Hazeley Hill round cairn is preserved as a low earthwork and excavation has revealed it to be a burial mound with surviving archaeological deposits relating to its use as a funerary monument. The cairn is representative of its period and provides insight into the character of funerary rituals in the earlier Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:- 4079

Source: Historic England

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