Bowl barrow 210m SSW of The Limes


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009988

Date first listed: 22-Dec-1994


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

County: Lincolnshire

District: South Kesteven (District Authority)

Parish: Horbling

National Grid Reference: TF 11756 34704


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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 210m SSW of The Limes survives well as one of a pair of earthwork barrows in an area where there are very few upstanding earthworks of this period. Archaeological information, including evidence concerning the construction of the barrow and the manner and duration of its use, will be contained in the mound, the soils buried beneath the mound, and in the fill of the surrounding ditch. Evidence for the local environment at that time will also be preserved beneath the mound and in the fill of the ditch. The close relationship between this barrow and that immediately to the south east (the subject of a separate scheduling) will add significantly to the importance of this site.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated immediately to the west of Billingborough Road. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound, covering a circular area approximately 25m in diameter and standing to a height of approximately 1.5m. The mound is encircled by a ditch with an estimated width of 3m which has become infilled, but which will survive as a buried feature except on the eastern side, where the line of it is cut by a roadside ditch.

Excluded from the scheduling are a modern field boundary fence on the east side of the mound and the remains of an older fence, although the ground beneath these features is included.

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: 21471

Legacy System: RSM


Dossier for H B M C, Fenland Evaluation Project: Lincolnshire, (1990)
NMR Listing: TF 13 SW 2,

End of official listing