Bowl barrow 600m south west of the northernmost of The Druses


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016299

Date first listed: 26-Oct-1964

Date of most recent amendment: 24-Sep-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 600m south west of the northernmost of The Druses
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Mere

National Grid Reference: ST 81470 35084


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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.

Despite erosion and evidence for an antiquarian excavation, the bowl barrow 600m south west of the northernmost of The Druses will include archaeological remains containing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a south east slope immediately below the crest of a ridge 600m south west of The Druses. The barrow includes a mound 11m in diameter and 0.4m high, however this has been much distorted by the plough particularly on the south side and now exhibits a `D'- shaped appearance, 10m long by 6m wide. A hollow in the former centre of the mound is probably the result of an unrecorded antiquarian excavation. Although no longer visible on the surface, a ditch surrounds the mound and will survive as a buried feature approximately 2m wide.

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: 29776

Legacy System: RSM

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