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Bowl barrow south east of Green How

A Scheduled Monument in Ireby and Uldale, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.7252 / 54°43'30"N

Longitude: -3.1455 / 3°8'43"W

OS Eastings: 326319.390617

OS Northings: 537294.631533

OS Grid: NY263372

Mapcode National: GBR 6FGS.SX

Mapcode Global: WH6ZM.NHBF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow south east of Green How

Scheduled Date: 3 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013391

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27651

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 a local high point south east
of Green How towards the southern edge of Aughertree Fell. It includes a turf
covered flat topped slightly oval shaped earth and stone mound measuring 18.2m
by 17.8m and up to 1.3m high.

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 small scale quarrying at the extreme south eastern edge of the mound,
the bowl barrow south east of Green How survives reasonably well. The monument
is a rare survival in Cumbria of an unexcavated example of this class of
monument and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound
and on the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No 5876, Cumbria SMR, Green How, (1984)

Source: Historic England

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