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Round cairn, 78m south-east of Titlington Pike

A Scheduled Monument in Hedgeley, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.4373 / 55°26'14"N

Longitude: -1.8623 / 1°51'44"W

OS Eastings: 408813.028831

OS Northings: 615938.665838

OS Grid: NU088159

Mapcode National: GBR H5FK.MQ

Mapcode Global: WHC19.CLGL

Entry Name: Round cairn, 78m south-east of Titlington Pike

Scheduled Date: 1 December 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007449

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21017

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Hedgeley

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Eglingham St Maurice

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date, situated near the
highest point of Titlington Pike commanding extensive views to the north, west
and south. The cairn is 11m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 1m.

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.

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.

The round cairn south of Titlington Pike survives well despite some
disturbance to its upper layers. Evidence of the manner of construction, and
the nature and duration of its use will be preserved within and beneath the
mound. The monument is one of a group of contemporary monuments in the
vicinity; taken together they provide a clear indication of the extent of
Bronze Age settlement in the area.

Source: Historic England



Source: Historic England

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