Bowl barrow on Hameldon Pasture


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008918

Date first listed: 13-Feb-1929

Date of most recent amendment: 23-Sep-1994


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

County: Lancashire

District: Burnley (District Authority)

Parish: Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood

National Grid Reference: SD 89142 32622


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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 limited antiquarian investigation of the monument's centre, the bowl barrow on Hameldon Pasture survives reasonably well. Although evidence for the primary burial had been removed by previous unrecorded disturbance, the antiquarian investigation of 1886 found a number of flint tools. Further evidence of interments and grave goods will exists within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the western edge of a moorland plateau on Hameldon Pasture. It includes an oval mound of earth and stones up to 0.5m high with maximum dimensions of 21.5m north-south by 17m east-west. There is an irregular shaped hollow measuring approximately 5m by 4m by 0.3m deep at the monument's centre containing two large gritstone boulders with a further boulder a short distance away. These are the remains of a stone cist measuring c.1.8m long by 0.9m wide which was subjected to an antiquarian investigation in 1886. This cist was composed of large stones placed vertically, two at each side and one at each end, and the whole covered by two large flagstones. The grave was found to be empty indicating previous unrecorded disturbance, however, a number of flint flakes and arrowheads were found during this latter investigation.

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.


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Legacy System number: 23721

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Edwards, B J N, 'Lancs Arch Bull.' in Burnley Area Prehistoric Sites, , Vol. 7 No.4, (), 53
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)

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