Dewley Hill round barrow and associated features, 350m north west of Dewley Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018678

Date first listed: 09-Oct-1981

Date of most recent amendment: 02-Dec-1998


Ordnance survey map of Dewley Hill round barrow and associated features, 350m north west of Dewley Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Newcastle upon Tyne (Metropolitan Authority)

National Grid Reference: NZ 16029 68056


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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.

Dewley Hill is a well-preserved example of an exceptionally large round barrow which has provided evidence of Neolithic date. This makes it one of a small group of large round barrows of such early date. The area around the barrow has provided evidence of Mesolithic and Neolithic activity, and further evidence will be preserved. Remains in the field around the barrow no longer survive as earthwork features, but they remain clearly visible on aerial photographs and considerable information on their dating, exact nature and relationship to the barrow will be preserved.


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The monument includes the round barrow known as Dewley Hill, situated 350m north east of Dewley Farm, near Throckley. The mound and a series of cropmark features which surround the barrow, occupies a small rise above the Dewley Burn and is circular in plan and dome shaped in section. It is approximately 6m high and is 40m in diameter. The mound is of earth and stone construction. The top of the mound has a hollow marking the location of an unrecorded excavation in 1966. A Neolithic stone axe has been found in the mound. Flints of Mesolithic and Neolithic date have been found on and around the mound. Aerial photographs of the monument indicate that the barrow is surrounded by a number of cropmarks. These include a circular cropmark, interpreted as a bank and ditch immediately surrounding the barrow, a hut circle and a further enclosing feature, believed to be a boundary bank and ditch enclosing the raised ground around the barrow. Further circular cropmarks, interpreted as hut circles, are evident in the north west corner of the field. These surrounding features are also included in the scheduling.

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Legacy System number: 32048

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Books and journals
Dodds, M H, The Victoria History of the County of Northumberland, (1930), 13
Sockett, E W, 'Archaeologia Aeliana' in Stone Axe from Dewley Law, , Vol. 4, XLIX, (1971), 246
Cambridge University Collection, Cropmarks, 1 Mile North Of Throckley, 1960, ACJ 62
SMR record no.185, Harbottle, B, Dewley Hill (or Law) near Throckley, (1995)

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