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Round cairn on the southern slope of Dod Hill, 800m NNE of The Dod

A Scheduled Monument in Ilderton, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.4789 / 55°28'44"N

Longitude: -2.0172 / 2°1'2"W

OS Eastings: 399007.159581

OS Northings: 620566.410979

OS Grid: NT990205

Mapcode National: GBR G5C2.2S

Mapcode Global: WH9ZW.ZKK4

Entry Name: Round cairn on the southern slope of Dod Hill, 800m NNE of The Dod

Scheduled Date: 6 October 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019868

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31745

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 round cairn of Bronze Age date. It is
situated on the south east slope of Dod Hill, above the Lilburn Burn and
commands wide views to the south and east. The cairn is formed of earth and
stone and measures 11m in diameter by 1m high. The adjacent prehistoric and
medieval sites are the subject of separate schedulings.

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 on the southern slope of Dod Hill, 800m NNE of The Dod is well
preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. It is one of a
number of archaeological sites around Dod Hill which, taken together, will
contribute to the study of prehistoric activity in this area.

Source: Historic England

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