Bowl barrow 90m south of Pike-eel Well


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013390

Date first listed: 04-Aug-1995


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 90m south of Pike-eel Well
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cumbria

District: Allerdale (District Authority)

Parish: Ireby and Uldale

National Park: LAKE DISTRICT

National Grid Reference: NY 25702 38556


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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 which has left a trench running across the centre of the mound, the bowl barrow 90m south of Pike-eel Well survives reasonably well. This investigation found cremations and pottery, and further evidence of interments and grave goods will exist within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow located on the northern extremity of Aughertree Fell 90m south of Pike-eel Well. It includes a circular mound of turf covered sand 9.5m in diameter and up to 1.2m high. There is a trench up to 1.5m wide and 0.8m deep running across the centre of the barrow which is thought to mark the site of a limited antiquarian investigation. This investigation located 12 urns arranged in a circle each of which contained cremations.

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: 23800

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Bellhouse, R L, 'Trans Cumb and West Antiq and Arch Soc. New Ser.' in The Aughertree Fell Enclosures, , Vol. LXVII, (1967), 26-30
Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No 3034, Cumbria SMR, Aughertree Fell, (1984)

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