Keys to the Past

High Thistleyhaugh cairn (Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst)

A large tumulus, or cairn stands near the line of the Devil's Causeway Roman road. The cairn has been disturbed in the past and in the 19th century a pottery urn containing the remains of a cremation were discovered inside a stone cist which lay beneath the cairn. The land around the cairn has been disturbed so that it is now difficult to see the monument clearly. The remains of a later farmstead of unknown date once lay to the south-east but these were destroyed when a gas pipeline was laid in the 1970s.

Reference number:N11308
Historical period: Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst
Local History of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst

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