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Round cairn 530m west of Stanley Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Corbridge, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.0109 / 55°0'39"N

Longitude: -2.0464 / 2°2'46"W

OS Eastings: 397131.429361

OS Northings: 568481.630616

OS Grid: NY971684

Mapcode National: GBR GB4H.RJ

Mapcode Global: WHB26.J9RX

Entry Name: Round cairn 530m west of Stanley Cottages

Scheduled Date: 24 February 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017734

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28573

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Corbridge

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: St John Lee

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date situated on the summit
of a low knoll. The cairn measures 8m in diameter and survives to a maximum
height of 0.4m. The round cairn was partially excavated in the 1920s by R C
Hedley who uncovered a stony mound with a covering of earth.

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.

Despite the fact that the round cairn 530m west of Stanley Cottages has been
partially excavated, it is reasonably well preserved and retains significant
archaeological deposits. Its location, immediately south of Hadrian's Wall,
will add to our understanding of the the prehistoric landscape through which
the Wall was later constructed.

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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