Bowl barrow 830m south east of Crofton Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015784

Date first listed: 28-Feb-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 26-Mar-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 830m south east of Crofton 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: Great Bedwyn

National Grid Reference: SU 26792 62064


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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 830m south east of Crofton Farm survives comparatively well as a large example of its class, despite having been reduced by cultivation over the years. Buried remains contained within the monument will provide evidence for this monument's construction and use.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow set in an area of chalk downland. The barrow mound was recorded as being 55m wide and c.2m high with a wide quarry ditch in 1955. It now survives as a low earthwork 50m across and 1m high at its highest point. Although no longer visible at ground level, the c.3m wide ditch will survive as buried remains. An earlier, Neolithic, monument known as the Crofton causwayed enclosure lies a short distance to the north west of this barrow.

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.


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Legacy System number: 30452

Legacy System: RSM

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