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Round cairn, 150m ESE of Kingscrag Gate

A Scheduled Monument in Haydon, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.0314 / 55°1'52"N

Longitude: -2.3204 / 2°19'13"W

OS Eastings: 379618.616822

OS Northings: 570805.752178

OS Grid: NY796708

Mapcode National: GBR DB78.F6

Mapcode Global: WH90R.BS9R

Entry Name: Round cairn, 150m ESE of Kingscrag Gate

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1965

Last Amended: 16 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009467

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20979

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Haydon

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Simonburn

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date situated at the bottom
of a south-facing slope, beneath King's Crags. The cairn is 10m in diameter
and has a maximum height of 0.5m. Part of the northern half has been
disturbed by stone robbing. There are traces of the stone foundations of a
later enclosure built against the eastern side of the cairn.

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.

Although the round cairn has been subject to stone robbing, significant
archaeological deposits remain undisturbed. The monument is one of a number of
contemporary monuments in the vicinity; taken together, these monuments
provide a clear indication of the extent of Bronze Age settlement in the area.

Source: Historic England


NY 77 SE 03,

Source: Historic England

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