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Bowl barrow 140m east of Beadle Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Briercliffe, Lancashire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.803 / 53°48'10"N

Longitude: -2.1663 / 2°9'58"W

OS Eastings: 389144.258909

OS Northings: 434090.120539

OS Grid: SD891340

Mapcode National: GBR FS9G.SG

Mapcode Global: WHB7Y.PNMX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 140m east of Beadle Hill

Scheduled Date: 29 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009115

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23726

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Briercliffe

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the western edge of an upland
plateau 140m east of Beadle Hill. It includes a grass covered circular mound
of earth and stones measuring 9.5m in diameter and up to 0.1m high.
Surrounding the mound is a faint ditch approximately 1m wide by 0.5m high.

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 past cultivation which has reduced the height of the monument, the
bowl barrow 140m east of Beadle Hill survives reasonably well. It is a rare
survival in Lancashire of a ditched example of this class of monument.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
SMR No. 240, Lancs SMR, Beadle Hill B, (1993)
To Lancs SMR No. 240, Colquhoun, H, (1959)

Source: Historic England

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