Saucer barrow above Boar's Bottom


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010465

Date first listed: 03-Mar-1927

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Oct-1991


Ordnance survey map of Saucer barrow above Boar's Bottom
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Kingston Deverill

National Grid Reference: ST 85212 38003


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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 the probability that the site was partially excavated by Colt-Hoare in the 19th century the Boar's Bottom saucer barrow survives well and has potential for the recovery of both archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the period in which the monument was constructed.


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The monument includes a saucer barrow set below the crest of a steep east-facing slope overlooking the Wylye Valley. It comprises a central mound 12m across and 1m high surrounded by a ditch and outer bank. The ditch, from which material was quarried during construction of the monument, has become partly infilled over the years but survives as an earthwork 3m wide and 0.75m deep. The outer bank is 2m wide and 0.5m high. The site is believed to have been opened and partly excavated by Colt-Hoare in the 19th century although no details are known.

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: 12314

Legacy System: RSM

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