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Bowl barrow at Sutton Cheney

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow at Sutton Cheney

List entry Number: 1010199

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Leicestershire

District: Hinckley and Bosworth

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Sutton Cheney

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 29-May-1952

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Feb-1992

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 17081

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 monument at Sutton Cheney survives in good condition and appears to be largely undisturbed.

History

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Details

The monument is situated on rising ground north-west of the village of Sutton Cheney next to the Bosworth Road. It is one of two barrows, the second of which is located at the top of the rise to the north.

The barrow is about 2m high and is flat topped. Truncating by the road on the eastern side and landscaping on the northern side has left the barrow with a square appearance measuring approximately 20m on each side but the original plan of the earthwork was circular. There is no indication of a surrounding ditch.

A barrow at Sutton Cheney was opened by Sir John Evans in 1857 and a bronze age bone pin was found. It is not certain however, which barrow the find comes from. The second barrow located 150m to the north is situated in a cultivated field and does not survive well. It is not included in the scheduling.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Evans, J, The Ancient Stone Implements of Great Britain, (1897), 432

National Grid Reference: SK 41405 00619

Map

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End of official listing