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Pair of Bronze Age bowl barrows 400m south west of Beckhampton Buildings, forming part of a cemetery 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: Pair of Bronze Age bowl barrows 400m south west of Beckhampton Buildings, forming part of a cemetery on North Down

List entry Number: 1013753


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


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: 11-Feb-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Dec-1995

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 21880

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.

The pair of bowl barrows 400m south west of Beckhampton Buildings forms part of a large cemetery situated on North Down. Despite having been reduced by cultivation, both survive as extant monuments and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the cemetery and the landscape in which it was built.


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The monument includes a pair of Bronze Age bowl barrows situated 400m south west of Beckhampton Buildings. The barrows form part of a dispersed barrow cemetery which contains at least 24 barrows. It is one of a number of cemeteries located on the Downs. The north eastern barrow has a mound which survives to a diameter of 15m and stands up to 0.5m high. However, it is known from earlier records that the barrow originally measured at least 20m across and is surrounded by a quarry ditch from which material was obtained during its construction. This ditch has become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide. The south western barrow mound lies under and to either side of a later field boundary: the larger western section has been reduced by cultivation to less than 0.1m high; the eastern half stands up to 0.2m high. However, it is known that this mound originally measured at least 25m in diameter and stood 1m high. Surrounding the original extent of the mound is a quarry ditch which will survive as a buried feature 2.5m wide. Excluded from the scheduling is the post and wire fence which marks the boundary between two tenancies, although the ground beneath is included.

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

Title: Wiltshire SMR Map Overlay Source Date: 1961 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: Sheet SU 06 NE
Title: Wiltshire SMR Ordnance Survey Overlay Source Date: 1961 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: Sheet SU 06 NE
WILTSHIRE A.M 107/e, Saunders, A., AM 107, (1955)
Wiltshire A.M. 107/d, Saunders, A., AM 107, (1955)

National Grid Reference: SU 06963 67780


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