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Bowl barrow forming part of a round barrow cemetery situated 120m NNW of Down Barn on North Down

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow forming part of a round barrow cemetery situated 120m NNW of Down Barn on North Down

List entry Number: 1013238

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Wiltshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Bishops Cannings

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 10-Mar-1925

Date of most recent amendment: 13-Sep-1995

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 21860

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 Early Bronze Age periods. Two of the best known and earliest recognised, with references in the 17th century, are around Avebury and Stonehenge, now jointly designated as a World Heritage Site. In the Avebury area, the henge monument itself, the West Kennet Avenue, the Sanctuary, West Kennet long barrow, Windmill Hill causewayed enclosure and the enigmatic Silbury Hill are well-known. Whilst the other Neolithic long barrows, the many Bronze Age round barrows and other associated sites are less well-known, together they define one of the richest and most varied areas of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial and ritual monuments in the country. Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including several different types of round barrow and occasionally associated with earlier long barrows. Where investigation beyond the round barrows has occurred, contemporary or later `flat' burials between the barrow mounds have often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland England with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases they are clustered around other important contemporary monuments, as is the case both here and at Stonehenge. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, while their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. All examples are considered worthy of protection.

Despite having been reduced by cultivation, the bowl barrow 120m NNW of Down Barn survives as a visible earthwork and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the cemetery and the landscape in which it was built.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated 120m NNW of Down Barn on North Down. The barrow forms part of a dispersed barrow cemetery which includes at least 24 barrows. This is one of a number of cemeteries located on the Downs. The barrow has a mound which has been reduced by cultivation but survives as a spread of material c.26m in diameter and 0.2m high. Originally, the mound would have stood anything up to 1m high and measured c.20m in diameter. Surrounding the original extent of the mound is a 2m wide quarry ditch from which material was obtained during its construction. This survives as a buried feature below the spread of mound material.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pugh, RB (ed), The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume II, (1957), 158
Other
WILTSHIRE list of Scheduled monuments, ENGLISH HERITAGE, Group of barrows N of Down Barn, COUNTY LIST OF SCHEDULED MONUMENTS (Wiltshire), (1992)

National Grid Reference: SU 06396 67575

Map

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