Bowl barrow 1070m NNW of Baltic Farm forming part of a barrow cemetery on North Down


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013772

Date first listed: 10-Nov-1964

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Jan-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 1070m NNW of Baltic Farm forming part of a barrow cemetery on North Down
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Bishops Cannings

National Grid Reference: SU 03895 67570


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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 slightly reduced by cultivation, this bowl barrow survives as an upstanding monument and is known from being partly excavated to 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 bowl barrow, situated on a west facing slope in an area of chalk downland, and forming an outlier at the western end of a barrow cemetery. The cemetery, which is aligned east-west, contains a total of 18 individual 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 visible earthwork 10m in diameter and 0.5m high. It is known from earlier records to have originally stood at least 0.75m high. Surrounding the mound is a 2m wide quarry ditch from which material was obtained during its construction. This survives as a buried feature visible on aerial photographs. The barrow was partly excavated in 1876. An inverted urn placed over burnt bone fragments and a shale ring were found. The urn broke into small pieces on discovery while the ring is now in the Devizes Museum.

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: 21885

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire, (1957), 157
C/CPE/UK 1821 5072, R.A.F. (R.C.H.M.(E) NMRC SWINDON), R.A.F.,
D0467/11/108, Devizes Museum, Shale Ring, (1876)
SU06NW 646, C.A.O., BOWL BARROW, (1992)
Title: 1:10560 Map (SMR overlay) Source Date: 1980 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: SU 06 NW

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