Two bowl barrows and a saucer barrow 280m south of The Packway


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012168

Date first listed: 03-May-1995


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows and a saucer barrow 280m south of The Packway
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Winterbourne Stoke

National Grid Reference: SU 10094 44290

Reasons for Designation

A small number of areas in southern England appear to have acted as foci for ceremonial and ritual activity during the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods. Two of the best known and the earliest recognised areas are around Avebury and Stonehenge, now jointly designated as a World Heritage Site. The area of chalk downland which surrounds Stonehenge contains one of the densest and most varied groups of Neolithic and Bronze Age field monuments in Britain. Included within the area are Stonehenge itself, the Stonehenge cursus, the Durrington Walls henge, and a variety of burial monuments, many grouped into cemeteries. The area has been the subject of archaeological research since the 18th century when Stukeley recorded many of the monuments and partially excavated a number of the burial mounds. More recently, the collection of artefacts from the surfaces of ploughed fields has supplemented the evidence for ritual and burial by revealing the intensity of contemporary settlement and land-use. In view of the importance of the area, all ceremonial and sepulchral monuments of this period which retain significant archaeological remains are identified as nationally important.

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age. They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, normally ditched, which covered single or multiple burials. Often superficially similar, although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form and a variety of burial practices. Saucer barrows date from the Early Bronze Age. They occur either in isolation or in round barrow cemeteries and 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, often in a pit. The burials, either inhumations or cremations, are sometimes accompanied by pottery vessels, tools and personal ornaments. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl barrows recorded nationally and at least 320 in the Stonehenge area. Saucer barrows are one of the rarest recognised forms of round barrow, with about 60 examples nationally, at least ten of which are known from the Stonehenge area.

Despite the reduced height of the saucer barrow and bowl barrows they will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.


The monument includes two bowl barrows and a saucer barrow aligned NNW - SSE and situated on a natural spur some 280m south of the Packway and 500m WSW of Fargo Road ammunition compound. All the barrows have been reduced in height by ploughing and survive as slight earthworks. The mound of the southern bowl barrow is visible as a slight rise formed by a chalk spread 11m in diameter. This is surrounded by a ditch 2m wide which is visible as a dark band, giving an overall diameter of 15m. The mound of the central bowl barrow is 0.2m high and 20.5m in diameter surrounded by a ditch 3m wide, giving an overall diameter of 26.5m. The ditches of both bowl barrows, from which material was quarried during their construction, have become infilled over the years but survive as buried features. The saucer barrow is now difficult to define on the ground but from aerial photographs can be shown to have an overall diameter of c.30m including a quarry ditch and outer bank.

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: 10241

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
RCHME, , Stonehenge and its Environs, (1979), 3
RCHME, , Stonehenge and its Environs, (1979), 3
RCHME, , Stonehenge and its Environs, (1979), 3

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