Bowl barrow on King's Play Hill 510m north of Hill Cottage

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015691

Date first listed: 20-Aug-1924

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Apr-1997

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on King's Play Hill 510m north of Hill Cottage
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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: Heddington

National Grid Reference: SU 00987 66092

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.

This barrow on King's Play Hill survives comparatively well and will retain evidence for its construction and use.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow set on the crest of King's Play Hill. It has dimensions of c.10m in diameter and is 0.5m in height. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch from which material was quarried during the monument's construction, will flank the mound on the uphill-eastern side. It is likely that a scarp would have been created on the downhill side, although this has since been obscured by soil movement down the slope. A second bowl barrow and a long barrow also on King's Play Hill are the subject of separate schedulings.

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

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Legacy System number: 30451

Legacy System: RSM

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