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Round cairn, 1.36km west of Middle House

A Scheduled Monument in Haydon, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.022 / 55°1'19"N

Longitude: -2.2639 / 2°15'50"W

OS Eastings: 383224.276

OS Northings: 569751.39627

OS Grid: NY832697

Mapcode National: GBR DBMC.NK

Mapcode Global: WHB23.616C

Entry Name: Round cairn, 1.36km west of Middle House

Scheduled Date: 23 May 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008421

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25059

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Haydon

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Warden

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of Bronze Age date,
situated on the northern edge of steep slopes above the Settlingstones Burn.
The cairn, of earth and stone, measures 10m 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 cairn west of Middle House survives well and contains significant
archaeological deposits. It is one of a number of cairns situated in an area
adjacent to the Roman frontier and will contribute to our knowledge and
understanding of the nature and extent of settlement and activity here before
the arrival of the Romans.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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