Bowl barrow 500m south-east of Swell Wold Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008203

Date first listed: 25-Mar-1948

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Mar-1994


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 500m south-east of Swell Wold Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Gloucestershire

District: Cotswold (District Authority)

Parish: Swell

National Grid Reference: SP 14131 26484

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.

The bowl barrow 500m south-east of Swell Wold Farm survives well and is known to contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a gently sloping east-facing slope. The barrow, known as the Swell Wold round barrow, has a mound composed of small stones 26m in diameter and c.2m high. This is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This has become partially infilled over the years, but remains visible as an earthwork 5m wide on the northern side of the monument, and survives as a buried feature elsewhere. Fragments of a Middle-Late Bronze Age urn and burnt bones were found in a rabbit scrape on the barrow mound in 1935. This monument forms one of a group of similar monuments known to occur locally.

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: 22873

Legacy System: RSM


Mention of finds from the site,
The name of the monument,

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