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Round cairn 435m south west of Langlee

A Scheduled Monument in Ilderton, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.5004 / 55°30'1"N

Longitude: -2.0616 / 2°3'41"W

OS Eastings: 396204.979999

OS Northings: 622957.933058

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


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.

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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