Disc barrow 350m west of Dee Barn
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
- Kingston Deverill
- National Grid Reference:
- ST 83818 35648
Reasons for Designation
Saucer barrows are funerary monuments of the Early Bronze Age, most examples
dating to between 1800 and l200 BC. They occur either in isolation or in
barrow cemeteries (closely-spaced groups of round barrows). They were
constructed as a circular area of level ground defined by a bank and internal
ditch and largely occupied by a single low, squat mound covering one or more
burials, usually in a pit. The burials, either inhumations or cremations, are
sometimes accompanied by pottery vessels, tools and personal ornaments. Saucer
barrows are one of the rarest recognised forms of round barrow, with about 60
known examples nationally, most of which are in Wessex. The presence of grave
goods within the barrows provides important evidence for chronological and
cultural links amongst prehistoric communities over a wide area of southern
England as well as providing an insight into their beliefs and social
organisation. As a rare and fragile form of round barrow, all identified
saucer barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance.
Despite partial excavation of the monument in the 19th century, the Dee Barn disc barrow survives well and has potential for the recovery of archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the period in which the monument was constructed.
The monument includes a disc barrow set below the crest of a gentle north-west
facing slope in an area of undulating chalk downland. It comprises a central
mound c.8m across surrounded by a level berm 8m wide, a ditch and outer bank.
The ditch, from which material was quarried during construction of the
monument, is 3m wide and 0.5m deep while the outer bank is 2m wide and 0.3m
The site was partially excavated by Colt-Hoare in the 19th century. Finds
included a cremation burial set 0.6m down under a layer of flints and earth as
well as 40 amber and faience beads, a cup and a bronze implement.
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.
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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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing