Bowl barrow 470m south east of Druid's Head Farm

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1015223
Date first listed:
07-Apr-1955
Date of most recent amendment:
13-Nov-1996

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 470m south east of Druid's Head Farm
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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:
Stapleford
National Grid Reference:
SU 08905 38175

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 470m south east of Druids Head Farm will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located 470m south east of Druids Head Farm situated within an earthwork enclosure known as the South Kite. The barrow mound is 13.5m in diameter, 0.6m high and is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become infilled over the years and now survives as a buried feature up to 2m wide, giving the barrow an overall diameter of 17.5m. The barrow is 50m north west of a further example which is the subject of a separate scheduling. The earthwork enclosure known as the South Kite has been suggested as being of prehistoric date although our current understanding of it does not allow for positive interpretation and it is not part of this scheduling.

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:
28944
Legacy System:
RSM

Legal

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.

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