Upton bowl barrow


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010742

Date first listed: 06-Jul-1992


Ordnance survey map of Upton bowl barrow
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Northamptonshire

District: Northampton (District Authority)

Parish: Upton

National Grid Reference: SP 72350 59099


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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.

Upton bowl barrow is a large and well preserved example of a Northamptonshire barrow. It will retain considerable potential for the survival of archaeological and environmental evidence within the body of the mound.


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The bowl barrow at Upton lies south east of Upton Mill. It is located 60m to the north-east of the mill stream and 350m east of Upton Way. Upton Bronze Age bowl barrow stands as a low round mound up to 0.65 metres high. The barrow is 28m in diameter and has a slight dip in the centre. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature 3m wide. Records suggest that the Bronze Age barrow was re-used in the medieval period as a windmill mound.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 4 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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Legacy System number: 13674

Legacy System: RSM


SMR records, Upton Bowl Barrow, (1991)

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