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Round cairn, 1.2km NNW of Ferneyrigg

A Scheduled Monument in Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.1574 / 55°9'26"N

Longitude: -2.0692 / 2°4'9"W

OS Eastings: 395687.361822

OS Northings: 584783.908271

OS Grid: NY956847

Mapcode National: GBR F8ZT.T1

Mapcode Global: WHB1F.5MXN

Entry Name: Round cairn, 1.2km NNW of Ferneyrigg

Scheduled Date: 1 December 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011109

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21005

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Kirkwhelpington

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Kirkwhelpington with Kirkharle and Kirkheaton

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

Details

The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date situated on the top of
a prominent ridge. The cairn, composed of earth and stone, is 7.5m in diameter
and 0.8m high. Several stones are visible on the surface of the cairn.

MAP EXTRACT
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 NNW of Ferneyrigg survives well and retains significant
archaeological deposits.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Archaeology in the North Gazetteer, (1975), 118

Source: Historic England

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