Bowl barrow on Great Mell Fell
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Eden (District Authority)
- National Park:
- LAKE DISTRICT
- National Grid Reference:
- NY 39674 25381
Reasons for Designation
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 damage to the centre of the mound caused by removal of an Ordnance Survey column, the bowl barrow on Great Mell Fell survives reasonably well and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old land surface beneath. Additionally the monument is a rare example in Cumbria of a bowl barrow surrounded by a ditch which is separated from the mound by a berm.
The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the summit of Great Mell Fell.
It includes a circular mound of earth and stones 8.5m in diameter and 0.8m
high. Surrounding the barrow there is a shallow ditch measuring up to 2.5m
wide and 0.2m deep that is separated from the mound by a berm approximately 5m
MAP EXTRACT 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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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Books and journals
Anderson, W D, 'Trans Cumb & West Antiq & Arch Soc. New Ser.' in The Tumulus on Great Mell Fell, , Vol. XX111, (1922), 112-4
SMR No. 1126, Cumbria SMR, Round Barrow on Great Mell Fell, (1987)
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing