Keys to the Past

Two Bronze Age cairns near Butteryhaugh Bridge (Kielder)

Between approximately 2500 and 4500 thousand years ago, during a period archaeologists call the Bronze Age, people built two cairns on a sloping hill 870m south-east of where Butteryhaugh Bridge stands today. One of the cairns was used for the burial of the dead. It is known today as Deadman Cairn. The other cairn was smaller, and may have been used for burial, or it may have been a field clearance cairn. Today, Deadman Cairn is surrounded by trees, and there is no sign of the other cairn, although it may survive within the trees. The cairns are Scheduled Monuments protected by law.

Reference number:N6263
Historical period: Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1956; A S Phillips
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1970; B H Pritchard
TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Report on Prehistoric Cairns NY 69 SW 8 (Deadman Cairn) and NY 69 SW 23 1996; RCHME

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Kielder

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