Round barrow at Ufton Nervet 190m south-west of Island Farm Cottage


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007946

Date first listed: 03-Sep-1992


Ordnance survey map of Round barrow at Ufton Nervet 190m south-west of Island Farm Cottage
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Ufton Nervet

National Grid Reference: SU 63548 66630

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.

Despite disturbance to the central area of the barrow mound, much of the Upton Nervet round barrow survives comparatively well and has potential for the recovery of archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the barrow was constructed.


The monument includes the remains of a substantial round barrow situated on a flat plateau to the south of the Kennet valley. The barrow mound has a diameter of 25m and stands to a height of 1m. The whole of the mound has been disturbed creating a hollow 0.4m deep. A surrounding ditch, from which material for the mound was quarried, survives as an earthwork and is best preserved around the north side where it is up to 5m wide and 0.5m deep.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


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

Legacy System number: 19025

Legacy System: RSM


SMR no 1339.01.000,

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