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Bowl barrow on Wickerslack Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Crosby Ravensworth, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.5336 / 54°32'0"N

Longitude: -2.622 / 2°37'19"W

OS Eastings: 359845.439939

OS Northings: 515545.319238

OS Grid: NY598155

Mapcode National: GBR BJ40.4M

Mapcode Global: WH933.P9MT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Wickerslack Moor

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007577

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22479

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Crosby Ravensworth

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Crosby Ravensworth St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

Details

The monument is a bowl barrow located on a plateau on Wickerslack Moor
adjacent to where the ground begins to fall away into the Lyvennet valley. It
includes an oval mound of earth and stone up to 0.6m high with maximum
dimensions of 13m by 9m. The monument is not known to have been excavated.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of
protection.

The monument remains undisturbed and is a rare survival in Cumbria of an
unexcavated example of this class of monument. It will contain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath
it.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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