Bowl barrow 450m south-west of Savernake Lodge


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013314

Date first listed: 14-Jul-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 31-Jul-1991


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 450m south-west of Savernake Lodge
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Savernake

National Grid Reference: SU 23030 66406


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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.

Despite evidence for partial excavation of the Savernake Lodge site, much of it remains intact and survives comparatively well. It therefore has significant potential for the recovery of archaeological remains.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a gentle south-facing slope. The barrow mound is 40m in diameter and stands to a height of 1.5m. Surrounding the barrow mound is a ditch 2m wide from which material was quarried during the construction of the barrow mound. This survives as an earthwork 0.1m deep on the north side of the mound, and as a buried feature elsewhere. A slight depression in the centre of the mound suggests the site may once have been excavated, probably in the late 19th century.

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: 12218

Legacy System: RSM

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