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Bowl barrow 170m north east of Hacking Boat House

A Scheduled Monument in Billington and Langho, Lancashire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.8312 / 53°49'52"N

Longitude: -2.4444 / 2°26'39"W

OS Eastings: 370848.930791

OS Northings: 437308.243407

OS Grid: SD708373

Mapcode National: GBR CSC4.LC

Mapcode Global: WH96H.FY7S

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 170m north east of Hacking Boat House

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1925

Last Amended: 20 August 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008909

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23712

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Billington and Langho

Built-Up Area: Old Langho

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Hurst Green St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the flood plain of the River
Ribble 170m north east of Hacking Boat House. It includes an oval earthen
mound up to 6m high with maximum dimensions of 44m NNW-SSE by 35m SSW-NNE.
Limited antiquarian investigation on part of the monument's summit in 1894
failed to locate any archaeological deposits. Similar excavations on another
similar mound to the north of this example did, however, locate burial
remains. It is considered that the works on this site simply missed or failed
to identify the archaeological remains.

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.

Despite limited antiquarian investigation on the summit of the monument, the
bowl barrow 170m north of Hacking Boat House survives reasonably well and
remains a prominent earthwork. This investigation failed to locate evidence of
interments or grave goods and suggests that undisturbed archaeological
deposits will still remain within this large mound and upon the old
landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Luck, J R, 'Trans Lancs and Chesh Antiq Soc.' in , , Vol. 12, (1895), 27-31
Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
FMW Report, Capstick, B., SAM Record, (1988)
SMR No. 179, Ilse, P, Winkley Lowes 'Barrow' B, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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