Deptford Down round barrow
List Entry Summary
Name: Deptford Down round barrow
List entry Number: 1005615
The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District Type: Unitary Authority
Parish: Steeple Langford
National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.
Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.
Date first scheduled: 26-Apr-1956
Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.
Legacy System Information
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
UID: WI 397
List entry Description
Summary of Monument
Bowl barrow 710m south east of Deptford Down Barn.
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. 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. Despite reduction in the height of the mound through cultivation the bowl barrow 710m south east of Deptford Down Barn survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 16 September 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.
This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the steep east facing slopes of a dry valley. The barrow survives as a low mound measuring approximately 20m in diameter and standing up to 0.3m high surrounded by a buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived.
Further archaeological remains in the vicinity are scheduled separately.
PastScape 215161, Wiltshire HER SU04SW601
National Grid Reference: SU 02640 40942
The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1005615 .pdf
This copy shows the entry on 13-Dec-2017 at 10:51:15.
End of official listing