Prehistoric Field System and Cairnfield East of Watch Hill, 520m Nne of Footbridge over Carey Burn


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Bronze Age

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English Heritage

County Council (Unitary)

Northumberland County Council



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Grid Reference

SJ962962 (396162, 626254)

WGS84 Coordinates

55.53, -2.06081

Nearest Postcode

NE71 6RN

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An extensive field system of Bronze Age date situated on a gently sloping saddle of land between Hart Heugh and Fredden Hill. The field system comprises at least 40 clearance cairns, banks and lynchets which define irregular field plots. In addition, there are at least two burial cairns. The fields measure an average 25 metres by 35 metres and are defined by slight earthen banks and lynchets which stand to a maximum height of 0.25 metres. Although slight, the field system was fully surveyed by the Ordnance Survey in 1967. The clearance cairns are clearly visible as turf-covered mounds of earth and stone ranging in size from 1 metre to 6 metres in diameter and standing to 0.6 metres high. Two cairns are more substantial than those surrounding them and are interpreted as burial cairns. The first measures about 11 metres in diameter and stands 1.25 metres high with kerb stones visible around its outer edge. The centre is disturbed, probably the result of an unrecorded antiquarian investigation in the 19th or 20th century. A second burial cairn lies at the extreme south of the monument and measures 4.6 metres in diameter by 0.75 metres high with kerb stones visible around part of its perimeter. Scheduled.

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