Bowl barrow situated in Round Clump, Ditchley Park


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009415

Date first listed: 22-Mar-1949

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Oct-1994


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow situated in Round Clump, Ditchley Park
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Oxfordshire

District: West Oxfordshire (District Authority)

Parish: Spelsbury

National Grid Reference: SP 39547 21250


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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 bowl barrow in Round Clump is one of the largest and best preserved examples of its class in Oxfordshire. As such it will contain important archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the construction of the monument and the landscape in which it was built.


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The monument includes a well preserved Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on a slight hill in Ditchley Park. The barrow has been used as the central element in the planting of a ring of trees known as Round Clump. The barrow mound measures 30m in diameter and stands up to 1m high. Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch which provided material for its construction. The ditch remains open and measures 9m wide and 1.5m deep.

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: 21811

Legacy System: RSM


Title: Ordnance Survey 1:10000 Series Source Date: 1980 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: SP 32 SE
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Series Source Date: Author: Publisher: Surveyor: Ditchley Park

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