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Bowl barrow 90m south of Pike-eel Well

A Scheduled Monument in Ireby and Uldale, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.7365 / 54°44'11"N

Longitude: -3.1554 / 3°9'19"W

OS Eastings: 325702.004145

OS Northings: 538555.8032

OS Grid: NY257385

Mapcode National: GBR 6FDN.NW

Mapcode Global: WH6ZM.H6MS

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 90m south of Pike-eel Well

Scheduled Date: 4 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013390

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23800

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Ireby and Uldale

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Binsey Team

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle


The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the northern extremity of
Aughertree Fell 90m south of Pike-eel Well. It includes a circular mound of
turf covered sand 9.5m in diameter and up to 1.2m high. There is a trench up
to 1.5m wide and 0.8m deep running across the centre of the barrow which is
thought to mark the site of a limited antiquarian investigation. This
investigation located 12 urns arranged in a circle each of which contained

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 limited antiquarian investigation which has left a trench running
across the centre of the mound, the bowl barrow 90m south of Pike-eel Well
survives reasonably well. This investigation found cremations and pottery, and
further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and
upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Bellhouse, R L, 'Trans Cumb and West Antiq and Arch Soc. New Ser.' in The Aughertree Fell Enclosures, , Vol. LXVII, (1967), 26-30
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No 3034, Cumbria SMR, Aughertree Fell, (1984)

Source: Historic England

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