Bowl barrow 100m south west of Belas Knap

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009158

Date first listed: 15-Mar-1948

Date of most recent amendment: 01-Jul-1994

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 100m south west of Belas Knap
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Gloucestershire

District: Tewkesbury (District Authority)

Parish: Sudeley

National Grid Reference: SP 02031 25363

Summary

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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.

Despite ploughing, the bowl barrow 100m south west of Belas Knap survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The monument is of interest as an example of an isolated bowl barrow within close proximity of an earlier long barrow.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated below the crest of a low ridge, 100m south west of the Belas Knap long barrow, in an area of the Cotswold Hills. The barrow has a mound composed of small stones. It is 22m in diameter and c.0.25m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is no longer visible at ground level, having become infilled over the years, but it will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. The barrow is located within close proximity of the earlier Belas Knap long barrow, with which it is inter-visible.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 22906

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Mention of aerial photographs,
Mention of stoney patch in field,

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