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Dour Hill long cairn (Rochester and Byrness)

This long cairn stands on the western slopes of Dour Hill above the valley of the River Rede. It dates to the Neolithic and is one of very few such cairns that survive in Northumberland. The cairn measures 50m long by 8.5m wide and has a maximum height of 2m. At the southern end is a later, Bronze Age, cist, or stone coffin, which was excavated in the 1930s and a flint tool was found. A survey of the cairn in the 1990s suggested that the cairn was built in two separate phases. The first was the D-shaped central mound with between two and four circular chambers, followed by remodelling to create the overall effect of a long cairn, possibly in the Early Bronze Age. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N67
Historical period: Neolithic (4000BC to 2200BC)
Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Archaeological Reassessment of the Dour Hill 'Long' Cairn and nearby Ring Cairn, Upper Redesdale, Northumberland 1996; The Archaeological Practice
FIELD OBSERVATION (MONITORING), Tynedale Rock Art Project 2017; Tynedale Archaeology Group

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Source of Reference
Local History of Rochester and Byrness


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