Highley Hill bowl barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009428

Date first listed: 28-Nov-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 03-Sep-1992


Ordnance survey map of Highley Hill bowl barrow
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hertfordshire

District: North Hertfordshire (District Authority)

Parish: Ashwell

National Grid Reference: TL 28558 37876


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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.

Highley Hill bowl barrow is of large size and has never been excavated. Despite some evidence for animal disturbance, it survives well and contains archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow which is situated on the south-west summit of Highley Hill overlooking the Icknield Way. The hemispherical earth mound measures 35m in diameter and c.4.5m in height. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was excavated for the construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This ditch has been infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. The diameter of the ditch and mound together is 39m.

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.


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

Legacy System number: 20616

Legacy System: RSM


NAR No: TL 23 NE 23, Information from NAR (TL 23 NE 23),

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