Copping Knoll bowl barrow 200m south of Rose Cottage


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009423

Date first listed: 13-Jun-1974

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Oct-1994


Ordnance survey map of Copping Knoll bowl barrow 200m south of Rose Cottage
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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: Wootton

National Grid Reference: SP 43035 20981


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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 some damage to the mound, the Copping Knoll bowl barrow 200m south of Rose Cottage survives well as a prominent feature. It will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the construction of the barrow and the landscape in which it was built.


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The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated 200m south of Rose Cottage on the Glympton Estate. The barrow mound has a diameter of 23m and stands up to 1.5m high. However, it is known from previous records that the barrow mound originally measured c.32m in diameter, suggesting some truncation in the recent past. Surrounding the mound, but no longer visible at ground level, is a quarry ditch which provided material for its construction. This has become infilled over time but will survive as a buried feature 2.5m wide below the modern ground surface.

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: 21824

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Mudd, A, Round Barrows of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, (1983)
PRN 1728, C.A.O., Copping Knoll Tumulus, (1984)
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:10000 Series Source Date: 1980 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: SP 42 NW

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