Bowl barrow 155m east of Beadle Hill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009114

Date first listed: 12-Nov-1928

Date of most recent amendment: 20-Jun-1994


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 155m east of Beadle Hill
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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: Briercliffe

National Grid Reference: SD 89165 34114


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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 past cultivation which has reduced the height of the monument, the bowl barrow 155m east of Beadle Hill survives reasonably well and is a rare survival in Lancashire of a ditched example of this class of monument.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the western edge of an upland plateau 155m east of Beadle Hill. It includes a grass covered circular mound of earth and stones measuring 8.5m in diameter and up to 0.1m high. Surrounding the mound is a faint ditch approximately 1m wide by 0.05m deep.

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: 23725

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Books and journals
Wilkinson, T T, 'Trans Lancs & Chesh Antiq Soc' in , , Vol. 9, (1856), 34
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
Revision ONB, (1929)
SMR No. 240, Lancs SMR, Beadle Hill B, (1993)

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