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Cairn 1110m north-east of Cartington Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Cartington, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.3387 / 55°20'19"N

Longitude: -1.9242 / 1°55'27"W

OS Eastings: 404902.391332

OS Northings: 604969.618481

OS Grid: NU049049

Mapcode National: GBR H60Q.60

Mapcode Global: WHB0Q.D2XK

Entry Name: Cairn 1110m north-east of Cartington Castle

Scheduled Date: 25 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008690

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20897

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
northern end of Cartington Hill. It commands extensive views in all
directions and is a prominent landmark. The cairn is very well preserved and
measures 17.5m in diameter and survives to a height of 1.8m. Traces of a kerb
are visible around the western periphery of the cairn. The centre has been
disturbed and the surface stones re-arranged by walkers to construct a
shelter, but otherwise the cairn is intact.

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 is very well preserved and largely intact. 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 area.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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