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Round cairn, 500m north-west of Crookdene Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.1464 / 55°8'46"N

Longitude: -2.0463 / 2°2'46"W

OS Eastings: 397147.348382

OS Northings: 583556.603465

OS Grid: NY971835

Mapcode National: GBR G84X.SZ

Mapcode Global: WHB1F.JXS3

Entry Name: Round cairn, 500m north-west of Crookdene Farm

Scheduled Date: 8 December 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007530

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21046

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Kirkwhelpington

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Kirkwhelpington with Kirkharle and Kirkheaton

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date, situated on a raised
knoll near the end of a promontory formed by the confluence of the Ferneyrigg
and the Crookdean Burns. The cairn is 8m in diameter and stands to a maximum
height of 1.7m. A shallow hollow at the centre of the mound is the result of
an unrecorded partial excavation.

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-west of Crookdene Farm survives well and retains
substantial and significant archaeological deposits. Few round cairns survive
in this area and this one is an important addition to their number.

Source: Historic England



Source: Historic England

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