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Round cairn 435m south west of Langlee

A Scheduled Monument in Ilderton, Northumberland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.5004 / 55°30'1"N

Longitude: -2.0616 / 2°3'41"W

OS Eastings: 396204.979999

OS Northings: 622957.933059

OS Grid: NT962229

Mapcode National: GBR G41V.G2

Mapcode Global: WH9ZW.90JN

Entry Name: Round cairn 435m south west of Langlee

Scheduled Date: 27 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014926

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29303

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Ilderton

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Ilderton St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

Details

The monument includes the remains of a Bronze Age round cairn situated in a
prominent position on a ridge between the Harthope and Leech Burns. The cairn
is roughly circular in plan with a slight `tail' on the south west which may
represent a later addition by field clearance. It measures 10m by 8m and
stands up to 1.2m high. It has a rounded profile with several kerb stones
visible and does not appear to have been robbed.

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 south west of Langlee survives well and lies in a prominent
position in the Harthope Valley. It does not appear to have been disturbed and
will contain significant archaeological deposits.

Source: Historic England

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