Bowl barrow west of Brown Hills Beck

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008910

Date first listed: 08-Jan-1964

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Sep-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow west of Brown Hills Beck
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Lancashire

District: Ribble Valley (District Authority)

Parish: Easington

National Grid Reference: SD 75614 60360

Summary

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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 protection.

Despite a covering of mature conifer trees on the monument's western side, the bowl barrow west of Brown Hills Beck survives reasonably well. It is not known to have been excavated and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located within Gisburn Forest immediately to the west of Brown Hills Beck. It includes an oval earthen mound up to 8m high with maximum dimensions of 25m by 15m. The monument's long axis is aligned along the valley.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 23713

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
FMW Report, Capstick, B., SAM Report, (1989)

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