Two bowl barrows in Oldfurze Covert


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008204

Date first listed: 25-Feb-1948

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Jan-1994


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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 14898 26363


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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.

The two bowl barrows in Oldfurze Covert survive well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The smaller mound represents a rare survival and is likely to have been protected by its woodland cover.


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The monument includes two bowl barrows situated on level ground in Oldfurze Covert. The northern barrow, known as the Picked Morden round barrow, has a mound 22m in diameter and c.2.4m high. There is a dry-stone wall running over the mound in the northern area of the barrow. There is no apparent sign of a quarry ditch despite conditions appropriate for its survival. The southern barrow has a mound 7.2m in diameter and c.0.55m high and is situated immediately to the south-west of the larger northern barrow. These two bowl barrows form part of a wider group of similar monuments known to occur locally. The dry-stone wall is excluded from the scheduling, although the underlying ground is included.

MAP EXTRACT 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.


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Legacy System number: 22874

Legacy System: RSM


Name of the site,
Second bowl barrow nearby,

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