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Bowl barrow on Brund Fell

A Scheduled Monument in Borrowdale, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.5361 / 54°32'10"N

Longitude: -3.1434 / 3°8'36"W

OS Eastings: 326113.725318

OS Northings: 516250.903683

OS Grid: NY261162

Mapcode National: GBR 6HHZ.8P

Mapcode Global: WH70L.P7BW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Brund Fell

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013389

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23799

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Borrowdale

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Borrowdale St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle


The scheduling includes a bowl barrow with a surrounding ditch located towards
the edge of a gently sloping plateau on the western side of Brund Fell. It
includes a circular mound measuring c.8m in diameter and up to 0.5m high which
is surrounded by a ditch measuring c.2m wide and 0.4m-0.7m deep. On the
barrow's summit there is a shallow depression suggesting an unrecorded
antiquarian investigation of part of the monument.

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 minor surface disturbance to part of the monument's summit, the bowl
barrow on Brund Fell survives reasonably well. It will contain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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