Keys to the Past

Two cairns west of Debdon Farm (Cartington)

Two Bronze Age cairns stand on moorland above the Debdon Burn in a hollow between two hills. One of the cairns survives as a mound 11m in diameter and 1.3m high. This cairn was partly excavated in the 19th century by Canon Greenwell who discovered a stone cist with human bone fragments and charcoal, and a cremation burial just south of the cist. The other cairn stands as a circle of eight stones surrounded by a bank of earth and stones 3m wide and 0.7m high. This is all that remains of a cairn whose central area was also excavated by Greenwell, who discovered a central grave with cremated bone and charcoal. This second cairn has previously been described as a stone circle. These are Scheduled Monuments protected by law.

Reference number:N2911
Historical period: Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):DESK BASED ASSESSMENT, A desk-based assessment and walkover survey on land near Cragside, Rothbury 2013; Headland Archaeology

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Source of Reference
Local History of Cartington


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