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Round cairn 760m south east of triangulation point on Gains Law

A Scheduled Monument in Akeld, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.5444 / 55°32'39"N

Longitude: -2.0605 / 2°3'37"W

OS Eastings: 396282.654263

OS Northings: 627859.114667

OS Grid: NT962278

Mapcode National: GBR G41B.Q9

Mapcode Global: WH9ZH.BW2Y

Entry Name: Round cairn 760m south east of triangulation point on Gains Law

Scheduled Date: 26 January 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017384

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31743

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Akeld

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Wooler St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date, situated just below
the summit of Gains Law with extensive views to the north. The cairn is
visible as a mound of stone, 3m in diameter and standing to 0.3m high. The
remains of a kerb are visible on the south side.

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 760m south east of a triangulation point on Gains Law is
reasonably well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. The
importance of the monument is enhanced by the proximity of a larger cairnfield
immediately to the west and by the nearby Bronze Age settlement and field
system of Houseledge on the west side of Gains Law. It is one of a group of
broadly contemporary monuments in this area and forms part of a wider
archaeological landscape. It will contribute to any study of prehistoric
activity and burial practices during this period.

Source: Historic England


NT 92 NE 173,

Source: Historic England

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