Bowl barrow on Keysley Down, 250m west of the A350 Warminster-Shaftesbury Road

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013877

Date first listed: 23-Mar-1927

Date of most recent amendment: 06-Feb-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Keysley Down, 250m west of the A350 Warminster-Shaftesbury Road
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Kingston Deverill

National Grid Reference: ST 88014 34556

Summary

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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 Keysley Down barrow is important as it survives well, and, with no evidence for excavation, has considerable potential for the recovery of archaeological remains as well as environmental evidence relating to the period in which the monument was constructed. The significance of the site is enhanced by the fact that numerous other round barrows survive in the area as well as additional evidence for contemporary settlement. Such evidence provides a clear indication of the extent to which the area was settled during the Bronze Age period.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a prominent ridge-top in an area of undulating chalk downland. The barrow mound is 20m in diameter and 1.5m high. Although no longer visible at ground level a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This has been infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 12305

Legacy System: RSM

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