Bowl barrow 350m north-east of White Horse Plantation


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010134

Date first listed: 10-Mar-1925

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Jun-1992


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 350m north-east of White Horse Plantation
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Cherhill

National Grid Reference: SU 05564 69842


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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 disturbance, the barrow 350m north-east of White Horse Plantation survives well as a good example of this class of round barrow and will contain primary deposits and environmental evidence from the old land surface sealed beneath the mound and in the ditch fill. It is one of several such monuments in this area and, as such, contributes information relating to the intensity of settlement and the nature of land-use occuring in the area during the Bronze Age period.


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The monument includes a substantial bowl barrow situated below the crest of a north-facing slope. The barrow mound survives as a slightly oval, flat-topped mound 30m north-east to south-west by 27m north-west to south-east. It stands to a maximum height of 4m on its northern downslope side and 2.5m on its southern upslope side. The summit of the mound has been disturbed and hollowed to a depth of 0.3m by exploration at some time in the past. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material for the construction of the mound was quarried. This has become largely infilled over the years but can be traced as a very slight earthwork 5m wide and 0.1m deep around the north and west sides of the mound, surviving around the remainder of its length as a buried feature.

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: 19036

Legacy System: RSM

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