Four bowl barrows 850m south east of Bemborough Farm; forming part of the Bemborough Farm round barrow cemetery


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008786

Date first listed: 25-Feb-1948

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Jun-1994


Ordnance survey map of Four bowl barrows 850m south east of Bemborough Farm; forming part of the Bemborough Farm round barrow cemetery
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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: Temple Guiting

National Grid Reference: SP 11136 26227


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Reasons for Designation

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.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, occasionally associated with earlier long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them, contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

The four bowl barrows 850m south east of Bemborough Farm survive well as part of a wider round barrow cemetery. The barrows will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which they were constructed. The barrows within this cemetery are unusual in this area in that they do not appear to have been excavated in the past.


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The monument includes a closely spaced group of four bowl barrows forming part of the Bemborough Farm round barrow cemetery. The barrows are situated on a plateau 850m south east of Bemborough Farm in an area of the Cotswold Hills. The four barrow mounds range from 25m to 30m in diameter and stand to between 0.3m and 0.6m high. All four mounds are composed of small stones and each has a surrounding ditch from which material was quarried during their construction. These have become infilled over the years, but survive as buried features c.2m wide.

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: 22902

Legacy System: RSM


Mention no sign of ditch from AP`s,
Mention of no sign of ditch from AP`s,
No trace of ditch,

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