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Cairn 1150m north-east of Cartington Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Cartington, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.3402 / 55°20'24"N

Longitude: -1.9246 / 1°55'28"W

OS Eastings: 404877.070824

OS Northings: 605130.188004

OS Grid: NU048051

Mapcode National: GBR H60P.3H

Mapcode Global: WHB0Q.D1QG

Entry Name: Cairn 1150m north-east of Cartington Castle

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008689

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20896

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Cartington

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Upper Coquetdale

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a large cairn of Bronze Age date situated on the summit
of Cartington Hill. The cairn has extensive views in all directions and is a
prominent landmark clearly visible from the surrounding area. The cairn is
well preserved and measures 12m in diameter and survives to a height of 1.3m.
Traces of a kerb are visible around the periphery of the cairn. The cairn
material has been re-arranged by walkers to provide small chambers for shelter
and this has revealed the remains of a stone cist in the interior.

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.

This cairn survives reasonably well and is a good example of its type. Most
of the archaeological deposits are undisturbed and contain valuable evidence
relating to the construction of the cairn and the nature and duration of its
use. Additionally, it is one of a group of large Prehistoric burial cairns
located prominently on the summits of hills in Coquetdale and it will
contribute to our understanding of Prehistoric settlement and activity in the

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Dixon, D D, Upper Coquetdale, (1903)
No. 2275,

Source: Historic England

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