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 and ritual
monuments in the country. Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age
(2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows -
rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries
developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in
some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period.
They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently
including several different types of round barrow and occasionally associated
with earlier long barrows. Where investigation beyond the round barrows has
occurred, contemporary or later `flat' burials between the barrow mounds have
often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland
England with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases they are
clustered around other important contemporary monuments, as is the case both
here and at Stonehenge. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major
historic element in the modern landscape, while their diversity and their
longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of
beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. All
examples are considered worthy of protection.
Despite having been reduced by cultivation, the bowl barrow 900m south west of
the junction of the Ridgeway and Green Street survives comparatively well and
will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The barrow is one of
few in the Avebury area not to have been excavated.
The monument includes a bowl barrow 900m south west of the junction of the
Ridgeway and Green Street, east of the village of Avebury. The barrow is one
of at least ten round barrows which form a Bronze Age cemetery situated on the
west facing slope of Avebury Down.
The barrow has been reduced by cultivation but survives as a slight mound
c.13m in diameter and up to 0.1m high. Surrounding the mound, but no longer
visible above ground, is a quarry ditch from which material was obtained
during its construction. This has become infilled over the years but will
survive as a buried feature c.2m wide.
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.