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Bowl barrow, 200m ENE of Shortflatt

A Scheduled Monument in Belsay, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.1195 / 55°7'10"N

Longitude: -1.8681 / 1°52'5"W

OS Eastings: 408512.018905

OS Northings: 580574.060917

OS Grid: NZ085805

Mapcode National: GBR H9D7.CM

Mapcode Global: WHC2V.8LP5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow, 200m ENE of Shortflatt

Scheduled Date: 8 March 1963

Last Amended: 9 March 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011833

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25144

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Belsay

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Bolam St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes the remains of a round barrow of Bronze Age date
situated on a low east-west ridge with extensive views to the south and west.
The barrow mound, composed of earth and thought to be revetted with stone, is
20m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 2m. Surrounding this mound
are the remains of a circular ditch, now infilled but clearly visible in
the past. The ditch was formed as a result of quarrying for material in order
to build the barrow mound.

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

The bowl barrow near Shortflatt survives very well and contains significant
archaeological deposits. It is clearly a mound of some importance set as it is
in a position from where it is a visible landmark for some distance.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
MacLaughlan, H, Memoir to Survey of Eastern Branch of the Watling Street, (1864), 9
Davies, J, Davidson, J, 'Northern Archaeology vol 9 1988-89' in A Survey of Bolam and Shaftoe area, Northumberland, (1990), 57-96
NZ 08 SE 10,

Source: Historic England

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