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Bowl barrow, 400m ENE of Chollerton Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Chollerton, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.0436 / 55°2'36"N

Longitude: -2.1 / 2°5'59"W

OS Eastings: 393708.050944

OS Northings: 572122.313362

OS Grid: NY937721

Mapcode National: GBR FBS3.4T

Mapcode Global: WHB1Z.QH6C

Entry Name: Bowl barrow, 400m ENE of Chollerton Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 July 1961

Last Amended: 23 February 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011419

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20924

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Chollerton

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Chollerton St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a well preserved round barrow of Bronze Age date
situated on a slight natural knoll on low-lying ground in a pasture field. The
barrow mound has been spread slightly and is now oval in shape. It measures
20m east-west by 15m north-south and is just over 1m high. The ditch, dug
to provide the material to construct the mound, is no longer visible on the
surface but survives as a buried feature. There is a hole in the top of the
barrow 4m across, the result of partial excavation in the 19th century.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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

Although the bowl barrow has been subject to partial excavation in the past,
the extent of disturbance is limited and archaeological deposits survive well.
Evidence of the manner of construction and the nature and duration of use
will be preserved within and beneath the mound. It is a rare survival in
Tynedale where few other barrows are known.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Hodgson, J C, The Victoria History of the County of Northumberland, (1897), 253

Source: Historic England

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