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Prehistoric burial mound, 420m north west of East Linkhall

A Scheduled Monument in Eglingham, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.4917 / 55°29'30"N

Longitude: -1.7304 / 1°43'49"W

OS Eastings: 417132.94684

OS Northings: 622024.193954

OS Grid: NU171220

Mapcode National: GBR J4CY.56

Mapcode Global: WHC15.D779

Entry Name: Prehistoric burial mound, 420m north west of East Linkhall

Scheduled Date: 20 May 1963

Last Amended: 29 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018499

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29341

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Eglingham

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Ellingham St Maurice

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


This monument includes a natural glacial mound utilised as a prehistoric
burial site. The mound measures 38m north west to south east by 28m and stands
around 1.5m high. In the late 19th century a cist was found in the mound which
contained an inhumation and a glass bead. It is believed that further burials
remain within the 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

Despite ploughing and limited antiquarian investigation the burial mound 420m
north west of East Linkhall survives in reasonable condition. The monument
will contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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