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Midfell round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Kielder, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.2786 / 55°16'42"N

Longitude: -2.5739 / 2°34'25"W

OS Eastings: 363642.434193

OS Northings: 598418.825755

OS Grid: NY636984

Mapcode National: GBR B7GD.KL

Mapcode Global: WH8ZG.FLL7

Entry Name: Midfell round cairn

Scheduled Date: 20 June 1973

Last Amended: 15 November 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009668

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25108

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Kielder

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Falstone with Greystead and Thorneyburn

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes the remains of a substantial round cairn of prehistoric
date situated high on the summit of Midfell. It commands extensive views in
all directions. It is composed of large angular stones and measures 14.5m in
diameter amd stands to a maximum height of 2.2m. The central area of the cairn
has been rearranged to form a small rectangular sheep pen but the lower
courses of the cairn material are undisturbed.

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 the fact that the stones have been rearranged, the round cairn on
Midfell survives reasonably well and contains significant archaeological

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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