Bowl barrow 760m SSE of Old Church
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1014584
Date first listed: 20-May-1963
Date of most recent amendment: 01-Jul-1996
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Carlisle (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: NY 51357 60901
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
The bowl barrow 760m SSE of Old Church survives well and remains unencumbered by modern development. It will retain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old land surface beneath.
The monument includes a bowl barrow located in the shallow valley of Brampton
Beck 760m SSE of St Martin's Church, Old Church. It includes a circular grass-
covered mound of sand and gravel measuring 40m in diameter and up to 3m high.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 27702
Legacy System: RSM
AM107 FMW Report, Fairless, K, Two round barrows 1/2 mile (800m) SSE of Old Church, (1993)
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 4568, Cumbria SMR, Two round barrows 1/2 mile SSE of Old Church, (1984)
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
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