Bowl barrow 400m west of Vicarage Barn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015944

Date first listed: 20-Jul-1956

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Apr-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 400m west of Vicarage Barn
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Tisbury

National Grid Reference: ST 94971 30847

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 400m west of Vicarage Barn is, despite limited erosion caused by cultivation and track use, a well preserved example of its class. The barrow will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.


The monument includes a bowl barrow, lying immediately below the crest of a ridge 400m to the west of Vicarage Barn. The barrow has a mound which, originally circular, has been truncated on its northern and southern sides by, respectively, the effects of cultivation and of the use of an adjacent track. It now measures approximately 20m east-west by 13m north-south and is 2.1m high. The ditch which surrounds the mound and from which material for its construction was quarried is visible on its north side as a shallow depression. Elsewhere around the mound, although disturbed by track erosion and deeper cultivation, the ditch will survive as a buried feature 3m wide. All fence posts 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: 26834

Legacy System: RSM

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