Bowl barrow 600m WSW of New Buildings
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1013893
Date first listed: 25-Nov-1969
Date of most recent amendment: 04-Dec-1995
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: East Lindsey (District Authority)
Parish: Donington on Bain
National Grid Reference: TF 25933 82948
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
Ploughing has reduced the height of the bowl barrow 600m WSW of New Buildings but it will not have affected archaeological deposits on and under the original ground surface or within the quarry ditch. These will provide important information concerning the monument's construction and the mortuary practices of its builders. Environmental evidence will also be retained in these features, illustrating the character of the landscape in which the monument was set. The barrow's proximity to the prehistoric ridgeway now formalised as Bluestone Heath Road, and to a number of other Bronze Age and Neolithic burial mounds in the vicinity poses wider questions concerning both the ritual significance of the location and the nature of settlement patterns during the prehistoric period.
The monument includes the buried remains of a Bronze Age bowl barrow located
146m above sea level in arable land about 600m WSW of New Buildings and about
200m west of Bluestone Heath Road. It has a diameter of approximately 36.5m
and while the mound is known to have stood to a height of about 1.5m, this has
been reduced in recent years by ploughing to a few centimetres. The barrow is
thought to have been encircled by a ditch now buried beneath the present
ground surface from which material for its construction would have been
Its proximity to Bluestone Heath Road, which is thought to have originated as
a prehistoric trackway, and to a number of other Neolithic and Bronze Age
barrows, indicates that the area was of continuing ritual significance in the
MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 5 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 27879
Legacy System: RSM
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing