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Bowl barrow 420m south west of New Beggarbog

A Scheduled Monument in Bardon Mill, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.0091 / 55°0'32"N

Longitude: -2.3239 / 2°19'26"W

OS Eastings: 379379.712214

OS Northings: 568333.307449

OS Grid: NY793683

Mapcode National: GBR DB6J.N5

Mapcode Global: WH90Y.8CM8

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 420m south west of New Beggarbog

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018531

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28582

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Bardon Mill

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Beltingham with Henshaw

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow of prehistoric date,
situated on the north side of the Knag Burn, 420m south west of New Beggarbog.
The round barrow, of earthen construction, measures a maximum of 28m in
diameter and stands to more than 3m high. A now partially infilled trench up
to 2m wide and 1m deep crosses the barrow from east to west; this marks the
site of an unrecorded early 18th century excavation.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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 the fact that it has been partially excavated, the bowl barrow 420m
south west of New Beggarbog is well preserved and retains significant
archaeological deposits. It is one of a number of prehistoric monuments in the
Hadrian's Wall corridor which, taken together, will add greatly to our
knowledge and understanding of settlement and activity at this time.

Source: Historic England


National Trust, 12270, (1995)
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Source: Historic England

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