Two bowl barrows 320m NNW of Waypost Farm: part of a barrow cemetery south of Ramsey Forty Foot


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009995

Date first listed: 13-Dec-1994


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 320m NNW of Waypost Farm: part of a barrow cemetery south of Ramsey Forty Foot
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Huntingdonshire (District Authority)

Parish: Ramsey

National Grid Reference: TL 30098 87342


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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 two bowl barrows 320m NNW of Waypost Farm survive well, despite some disturbance by ploughing in the past, and will retain important archaeological information, both in themselves and in relation to the barrow cemetery of which they form a part. Evidence for their construction and the manner and duration of their use, and for the local environment prior to and during that time, will be contained in the mounds and in the soils buried beneath the mounds.


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The monument includes two bowl barrows within a barrow cemetery, located on a spur of gravelly clay above the fens north east of Ramsey. The barrows are visible as two circular earthen mounds under pasture. The larger of them stands to a height of 0.65m and covers an area c.35m in diameter. The second mound lies 8m north east of this and is c.0.5m in height and c.20m in diameter. It is probable that both mounds are encircled by ditches from which earth was dug and used in the construction of the barrows, but which have become completely infilled. These ditches will survive as buried features. A further five barrows which formed part of the same original cemetery are the subject of a separate scheduling 300m to the south east. A boundary fence which crosses the larger barrow east-west is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it 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.


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Legacy System number: 20807

Legacy System: RSM


Cameron, Mrs D, (1993)
Cameron, Mrs S, (1993)

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