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Round cairn, 580m north of Woodhouse

A Scheduled Monument in Corsenside, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.1837 / 55°11'1"N

Longitude: -2.1761 / 2°10'34"W

OS Eastings: 388881.041544

OS Northings: 587731.715679

OS Grid: NY888877

Mapcode National: GBR F87H.NL

Mapcode Global: WHB15.JYYY

Entry Name: Round cairn, 580m north of Woodhouse

Scheduled Date: 23 January 1962

Last Amended: 17 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007523

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21037

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Corsenside

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Corsenside St Cuthbert

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date, situated in an
elevated position on a slight easterly slope with extensive views to the east.
The cairn, constructed of earth and stone is 9m in diameter and stands to a
maximum height of 0.6m. A slight hollow in the top of the cairn is the result
of an unrecorded partial excavation. A Roman milestone 2m high erected on the
edge of the cairn is included in the scheduling. The milestone is said to have
come originally from the Roman bridge which carried Dere Street across the
Rede; it was moved to a local farm and incorporated into a building and
subsequently was erected in its present position in 1971 by The Redesdale

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 north of Woodhouse survives well and contains significant
archaeological deposits. Evidence of the manner of construction, and the
nature and duration of its use will be preserved within and beneath the mound.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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