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Two round cairns, 375m north-west of Uplaw Knowe

A Scheduled Monument in Alwinton, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.3738 / 55°22'25"N

Longitude: -2.1466 / 2°8'47"W

OS Eastings: 390804.970763

OS Northings: 608877.328254

OS Grid: NT908088

Mapcode National: GBR F6G9.1G

Mapcode Global: WHB0F.0626

Entry Name: Two round cairns, 375m north-west of Uplaw Knowe

Scheduled Date: 29 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008276

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25017

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Alwinton

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Upper Coquetdale

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes two round cairns of prehistoric date situated on a level
saddle on a narrow ridge above the Alwinton Burn. The most easterly of the two
cairns measures 5m in diameter amd stands to a maximum height of 0.6m high.
The second cairn, situated 8m to the west is more substantial than the first
and measures 11m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 1m. There is a
large shallow hollow in the upper surface of the north-west quadrant, 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.

Despite some disturbance to the centre of one of the cairns, the two round
cairns north-west of Uplaw Knowe survive well. The importance of the monument
is increased by the survival of a third cairn and a Bronze Age cross dyke in
the immediate vicinity; taken together they provide a clear indication of the
extent of Bronze Age settlement in the area.

Source: Historic England


NT 90 NW 13,

Source: Historic England

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