Bowl barrow 450m north west of St Guthlac's Church


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013900

Date first listed: 20-Feb-1953

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Feb-1996


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 450m north west of St Guthlac's Church
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Lincolnshire

District: South Kesteven (District Authority)

Parish: Little Ponton and Stroxton

National Grid Reference: SK 92242 32606


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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 bowl barrow situated to the north west of St Guthlac's Church is a prominent earthwork clearly visible from the public highway. Since it is substantially undisturbed, valuable archaeological deposits, including funerary remains, relating to the dating and construction of the barrow will be preserved beneath the mound and in the fills of the ditch. These contexts will also retain environmental evidence illustrating the nature of the landscape in which the monument was set.


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The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a bowl barrow located 80m above sea level on the western slope of the valley of the River Witham. It is prominently situated on the crest of the slope, immediately to the south of the northern field boundary hedge, some 150m east of the Great North Road. The grassy mound has a rounded summit and gently sloping sides, and shows no sign of any disturbance. It is c.50m in diameter and stands to a height of approximately 2m above the surrounding pasture. Material for the construction of the mound would have been quarried from an encircling ditch. This ditch is no longer visible but is thought to survive buried beneath the present ground surface.

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.


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Legacy System number: 27863

Legacy System: RSM

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