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Round cairn, 650m ESE of Old Quickening Cote

A Scheduled Monument in Alwinton, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.3497 / 55°20'58"N

Longitude: -2.194 / 2°11'38"W

OS Eastings: 387792.907778

OS Northings: 606202.232046

OS Grid: NT877062

Mapcode National: GBR F63L.S3

Mapcode Global: WHB0D.8SGQ

Entry Name: Round cairn, 650m ESE of Old Quickening Cote

Scheduled Date: 2 June 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008435

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25056

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 the remains of a substantial round cairn of prehistoric
date situated on the north east slopes of Heathery Hill above the Ridlees
Burn. The cairn, composed of earth and stone measures 14m in diameter and
stands to a maximum height of 1.3m. Several hollows in the centre of the
cairn are likely to be the result of unrecorded partial excavation in the
19th century.

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 ESE of Old Quickening Cote is reasonably well preserved 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


NT 80 NE 12,

Source: Historic England

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