Monument details

HER Number:1597
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Round cairn on Reed Hill


Round barrow situated on the apex of a natural mound known as Reed Hill or Reed's Piece, Sponds Hill. It is a Scheduled Monument

It was surveyed and excavated in 1911. The mound itself was composed of closely packed pebbles and covered in a turf layer. The primary burial was a chamber built of gritstone in the form of a beehive. Sunk into the mud floor was a mass of cremated human bones. A secondary stone cist was found but there were no human remains inside

Round barrows are a type of burial mound, particularly used in the Bronze Age. Mounds of earth and stone were placed over a burial or cremation. A single barrow could be re-used for several later burials.


Monument Types

  • CREMATION (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
  • FUNERARY SITE (Burial site, Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
  • MOUND (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 23609: Round Cairn On Reed Hill

Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council - Working in Partnership
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