Bowl Barrow at Woodenhill, Bracknell
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Bracknell Forest (Unitary Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- SU 85491 66557
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
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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The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
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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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing