Queen's barrow: a bowl barrow in Queen's Barrow Plantation


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010515

Date first listed: 23-Jun-1956

Date of most recent amendment: 20-Jan-1992


Ordnance survey map of Queen's barrow: a bowl barrow in Queen's Barrow Plantation
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Stockton

National Grid Reference: ST 96374 36837

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.

Despite partial excavation in the 19th century, the bowl barrow in Queen's Barrow plantation survives well and has potential for the recovery of archaeological evidence and environmental remains relating to the period in which the monument was constructed.


The monument includes a bowl barrow set below the crest of a north-facing slope in an area of undulating chalk downland. The barrow mound is 10m in diameter and stands to a height of 1.3m. The site was possibly one of those excavated by Cunnington late in the 19th century. Finds recorded from a site which may be Queen's Barrow include a primary cremation burial in a stone cist or box covered with large flints. Although no longer visible at ground level a ditch, from which material was quarried during construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.1m wide.

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.

Legacy System number: 12350

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Colt-Hoare, R, Cunnington, WM, 'Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine' in Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine, , Vol. 52, (1948), 216

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