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Blawearie Bronze Age cairn (Bewick)

Cist in cairn at Blawearie, Bewick. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
Cist in cairn at Blawearie, Bewick. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

This large stone cairn is on a slight rise. A kerb of stones 11.6m in diameter surrounds it. In the 19th century a number of remains were found. At least four stone-lined graves were uncovered. Two of these contained pottery vessels, and in one was found a flint knife and a necklace made of 102 jet and shale beads. Further excavations took place between 1984 and 1988. This found a dark layer beneath the centre of the cairn, which may be the remains of burning that took place before the mound was built. These excavations also found an upside down pottery vessel containing the burn human bones. These burials are typical of the Bronze Age. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N3606
Historical period: Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Bewick


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