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Bowl barrow on Hameldon Pasture

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow on Hameldon Pasture

List entry Number: 1008918

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Lancashire

District: Burnley

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 13-Feb-1929

Date of most recent amendment: 23-Sep-1994

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 23721

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

History

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Details

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.

Selected Sources

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

National Grid Reference: SD 89142 32622

Map

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