Prehistoric burial mound, 420m north west of East Linkhall

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018499

Date first listed: 20-May-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Apr-1998

Map

Ordnance survey map of Prehistoric burial mound, 420m north west of East Linkhall
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Location

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

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Eglingham

National Grid Reference: NU 17133 22024

Summary

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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 ploughing and limited antiquarian investigation the burial mound 420m north west of East Linkhall survives in reasonable condition. The monument will contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual activities.

History

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Details

This monument includes a natural glacial mound utilised as a prehistoric burial site. The mound measures 38m north west to south east by 28m and stands around 1.5m high. In the late 19th century a cist was found in the mound which contained an inhumation and a glass bead. It is believed that further burials remain within the mound.

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 29341

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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NU 12 SE 7,

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