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Crop mark of a bowl barrow at Wigston Parva

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: Crop mark of a bowl barrow at Wigston Parva

List entry Number: 1010200

Location

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

County: Leicestershire

District: Blaby

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Wigston Parva

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 24-Feb-1971

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: 17076

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.

Although this site retains no clearly visible above-ground features it is known that it is a complex and unusual example which retains evidence of several phases of reconstruction.

History

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Details

The site is situated 0.5km north-west of High Cross on land sloping gently towards the Watling Street Roman road. It includes a bowl barrow known to exist from aerial photographs which show that the ditches which surrounded the barrow mound still survive. The site now retains only below ground remains, the upstanding barrow having been reduced by continued agricultural use.

Crop mark evidence reveals three concentric ring ditches showing successive ditch re-cutting around one barrow. This is considered to be a multi-phase Bronze Age barrow site.

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
Pickering, J, Hartley, R F, Past Worlds in a Landscape, (1985), 56-7

National Grid Reference: SP 46698 89245

Map

Map
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