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Disc barrow 350m west of Dee Barn

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: Disc barrow 350m west of Dee Barn

List entry Number: 1010422

Location

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

County:

District: Wiltshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Kingston Deverill

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 23-Mar-1927

Date of most recent amendment: 12-Nov-1991

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 12323

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

History

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Details

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 high. 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.

Selected Sources

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National Grid Reference: ST 83818 35648

Map

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