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Round cairn, 700m north-east of Daw's Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Harbottle, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.3063 / 55°18'22"N

Longitude: -2.0881 / 2°5'17"W

OS Eastings: 394506.692994

OS Northings: 601354.0069

OS Grid: NT945013

Mapcode National: GBR F7V2.QN

Mapcode Global: WHB0M.WWVJ

Entry Name: Round cairn, 700m north-east of Daw's Hill

Scheduled Date: 25 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011399

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20956

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Harbottle

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Upper Coquetdale

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a cairn of Bronze Age date located in a prominent
position overlooking Holystone Common to the north-east. It is situated on the
edge of a high ridge in an area of outcropping rock between two hollow ways.
The heather-covered cairn is 7.5m in diameter and at least 1m high. A shallow
disturbed area is visible at the centre of the earth and stone mound but the
damage is slight and limited in area. The location of the cairn suggests that
it is associated with other burial cairns on the lower ground of Holystone

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.

This cairn north-east of Daw's Hill is well preserved and a good example of
its type. Evidence of the manner of construction and the nature and duration
of use will be preserved within and beneath the mound. The cairn is associated
with a larger group of burial cairns in the vicinity and will retain
information on its relationship to other members of this group.

Source: Historic England

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