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Bowl barrow 40m north-north-east of High Haber

A Scheduled Monument in Crosby Ravensworth, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.5266 / 54°31'35"N

Longitude: -2.611 / 2°36'39"W

OS Eastings: 360555.617158

OS Northings: 514764.675845

OS Grid: NY605147

Mapcode National: GBR BJ63.J3

Mapcode Global: WH933.VHW5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 40m north-north-east of High Haber

Scheduled Date: 2 March 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008660

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22459

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


The monument is a bowl barrow located 40m north-north-east of High Haber on a
small plateau situated on an east facing valley side. It includes a slightly
mutilated flat-topped oval earthen mound up to 0.8m high with maximum
dimensions of 12m by 10m. Limited antiquarian investigation of the monument's
centre located sepulchral remains.
A drystone wall and adjacent post and wire fence crossing the extreme
south-eastern side of the barrow are excluded from the scheduling, but the
ground beneath these features is included.

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

Despite some mutilation of the monument's south-western side by quarrying and
limited antiquarian investigation of the barrow's centre, the bowl barrow 40m
north-north-east of High Haber survives reasonably well. This investigation
located sepulchral remains, and further evidence of interments and grave goods
will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface.

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1699, Cumbria SMR, Cockpit Hill, Harberwain, (1985)

Source: Historic England

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