Bowl barrow 750m north of Rockley Manor: part of the Rockley Plantation barrow cemetery


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012250

Date first listed: 03-Mar-1927

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Jul-1991


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 750m north of Rockley Manor: part of the Rockley Plantation barrow cemetery
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Ogbourne St. Andrew

National Grid Reference: SU 16461 72731


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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.

The Rockley Plantation barrows survive well, despite afforestation, and have good potential for the recovery of archaeological evidence for the nature and duration of use of the monuments and the environment within which they were constructed. Such barrow cemeteries give an indication of the intensity with which areas were settled during the Bronze Age period as well as the variety of beliefs and nature of social organisation present within society at that time.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a slight east-facing slope above the floor of a dry valley in an area of undulating chalk downland. The barrow mound is 2.5m high and 25m in diameter. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. The diameter of ditch and mound together is 31m. The monument forms part of a wider barrow cemetery which comprises five other barrow mounds.

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: 12271

Legacy System: RSM

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