Bowl barrow on Homington Down, 725m south of Tottens Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015705

Date first listed: 18-Apr-1955

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Feb-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Homington Down, 725m south of Tottens Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Coombe Bissett

National Grid Reference: SU 11452 25262

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 on Homington Down 725m south of Tottens Farm is, despite some erosion of its overall profile, a well preserved example of its class. The barrow will include archaeological remains containing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.


The monument includes a large bowl barrow, lying on the north east facing slope of Homington Down overlooking the valley of the River Ebble. The barrow includes a mound which, due to cultivation of some of its margins, is now oval in shape, measuring 25m north-south by 20m. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material for its construction was quarried. This has largely been infilled but is visible in places as a slight depression and, where not visible on the surface, survives as a buried feature 3m wide. All fence posts and electricity supply poles are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath these features is included.

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.


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

Legacy System number: 26817

Legacy System: RSM

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