Bowl Barrow at Woodenhill, Bracknell


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007929

Date first listed: 11-Jun-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Sep-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl Barrow at Woodenhill, Bracknell
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Bracknell Forest (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Bracknell

National Grid Reference: SU 85491 66557


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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.


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The monument consists of a large ditched bowl barrow situated at the top of a gentle north facing slope. The mound has an overall diameter of 26.6m and stands to a maximum height of 2m. The perimeter of the mound has been reduced by cultivation around its northern quarter so that today the barrow is ovoid in shape, with the longer axis orientated east to west. Surrounding the mound is a ditch 5m wide, from which material was quarried during the construction of the mound. This has become partly infilled over the years but survives as a low earthwork 0.7m deep around the north-east and south-east sectors of the barrow and as a buried feature elsewhere.

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Legacy System number: 19016

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