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Cairn on Whitefield Shank, 1100m SSW of Hepple Whitefield Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Hepple, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.2776 / 55°16'39"N

Longitude: -2.0307 / 2°1'50"W

OS Eastings: 398149.244726

OS Northings: 598167.129653

OS Grid: NY981981

Mapcode National: GBR G78D.5X

Mapcode Global: WHB0V.SL6Y

Entry Name: Cairn on Whitefield Shank, 1100m SSW of Hepple Whitefield Farm

Scheduled Date: 26 November 1932

Last Amended: 4 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008892

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20906

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Hepple

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 in a prominent
position on Whitefield Shank. It measures 13m in diameter and survives to a
maximum height of 1.5m. There are traces of a retaining circle at its western
end. A shooting hide has been constructed on the south side of the cairn and
some stones in the centre of the cairn have also been disturbed and

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 limited disturbance this cairn survives reasonably well and is a good
example of its type. The majority 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.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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