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Bowl barrow 610m south east of Beckhampton Buildings, forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Horton Down

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 610m south east of Beckhampton Buildings, forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Horton Down

List entry Number: 1007487

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Wiltshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Bishops Cannings

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 10-Mar-1925

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Apr-1998

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 21758

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

A small number of areas in southern England appear to have acted as foci for ceremonial and ritual activity during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods. Two of the best known and earliest recognised, with references in the 17th century, are around Avebury and Stonehenge, now jointly designated as a World Heritage Site. In the Avebury area, the henge monument itself, the West Kennet Avenue, the Sanctuary, West Kennet long barrow, Windmill Hill causewayed enclosure and the enigmatic Silbury Hill are well-known. Whilst the other Neolithic long barrows, the many Bronze Age round barrows and other associated sites are less well-known, together they define one of the richest and most varied areas of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial monuments in the country. 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, normally 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 and around 320 in the Avebury area. This group of monuments will provide important information on the development of this area during the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age periods. All surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Despite having been partly disturbed by quarrying, this bowl barrow 610m south east of Beckhampton Buildings survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction and the landscape in which it was built.

History

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Details

The monument includes a well preserved bowl barrow which forms part of a group of four Bronze Age round barrows situated on Horton Down. The mound survives as a visible earthwork 20m in diameter and approximately 2m high. Surrounding the mound is a 2m wide quarry ditch from which material was obtained during the construction of the barrow. This has become largely infilled over the years but is visible to the west of the mound as a slight earthwork. Elsewhere it survives as a buried feature, including the area to the south and east where it has been partly disturbed by quarrying.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire, (1957), 155,209
Other
SU06NE639, CAO, Bowl barrow, (1983)

National Grid Reference: SU 07903 67777

Map

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