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Round cairn, 160m north east of Hosedon Linn

A Scheduled Monument in Alwinton, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.3683 / 55°22'5"N

Longitude: -2.1309 / 2°7'51"W

OS Eastings: 391799.155942

OS Northings: 608258.679321

OS Grid: NT917082

Mapcode National: GBR F6KC.GF

Mapcode Global: WHB0F.7BJG

Entry Name: Round cairn, 160m north east of Hosedon Linn

Scheduled Date: 22 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009679

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25023

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Alwinton

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Upper Coquetdale

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes the remains of a round cairn of prehistoric date,
situated on gentle south facing slopes adjacent to the medieval drove road of
Clennell Street. The cairn, of unusual form, has a raised central platform 4m
in diameter which is surrounded by a slightly scooped ditch 3m across; an
outer stone ring 0.3m high and 1.5m wide surrounds the whole. The
north western part of the cairn has been encroached upon by Clennell Street.

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.

The round cairn 160m north east of Hosedon Linn survives well and is of
unusual form. The importance of the monument is enhanced by the survival of
Bronze Age settlements and evidence of territorial division in the vicinity;
taken together they contribute to our knowledge and understanding of Bronze
Age settlement and activity in the area.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Jobey, G, 'Archaeologia Aeliana 4 ser 50' in Notes On Additional Early Settlements In Northumberland, (1972), 80
Gates, T & Ainsworth, S, Field Survey in Northumberland pt 1, (1979)
NT 90 NW 01,

Source: Historic England

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