Keys to the Past

Cairns south-east of Bellshiel Law (Rochester and Byrness)

This group of six Bronze Age cairns lies on a south-facing slope below the crest of a ridge. Most of the cairns are now low grassy mounds between 0.3m and 0.5m across and up to 0.7m high. However, the largest cairn is 11.5m long by 8m wide and 0.7m high. This cairn was excavated in 1935 and revealed a stone kerb around it together with an entrance passage of large stones. A prehistoric flint tool was also found on the ground surface beneath the cairn. Originally there were probably more cairns in this group but road building in the early 20th century appears to have destroyed some of them. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N334
Historical period: Neolithic (4000BC to 2200BC)
Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Archaeology on the Otterburn Training Area, 2002-2005 2005; Archaeological Services Durham University

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Source of Reference
Local History of Rochester and Byrness


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