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Round cairn on Holystone Common, part of round cairn cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Harbottle, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.3088 / 55°18'31"N

Longitude: -2.081 / 2°4'51"W

OS Eastings: 394953.663757

OS Northings: 601638.578293

OS Grid: NT949016

Mapcode National: GBR F7X1.8R

Mapcode Global: WHB0N.0T9K

Entry Name: Round cairn on Holystone Common, part of round cairn cemetery

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011427

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20965

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 situated on Holystone Common.
The heather-covered cairn is 7m in diameter and 0.6m high and traces of a
peripheral kerb of stones are visible. The location of the cairn suggests that
it is associated with the adjacent round cairn cemetery.

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 round cairn is well preserved and a good example of its type. It is
one of a group of cairns on Holystone Common which will contribute to any
study of prehistoric settlement and activity in the area.

Source: Historic England



Source: Historic England

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