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Bowl barrow 880m north east of Field Barn Farm

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Bowl barrow 880m north east of Field Barn Farm

List entry Number: 1016675

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Wiltshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Longbridge Deverill

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 14-Feb-1955

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Apr-1999

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31675

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 880m north east of Field Barn Farm survives well and is unusual in having an external bank. It will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was built.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated 880m north east of Field Barn Farm on a gentle west facing slope near the top of Cow Down, a chalk promontory commanding views to the east over the upper reaches of the Wylye valley. The barrow includes a circular flat topped mound 10m in diameter and 1.6m high surrounded by a quarry ditch 4.4m wide and up to 1m deep. This is surrounded by an external bank 4.6m wide and up to 1.5m high apart from on the northern edge where it has been levelled by cultivation. A disturbed area in the centre of the mound is interpreted as an early attempt to excavate the barrow. Another barrow, 500m to the SSE, is the subject of a separate scheduling.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire, (1957), 205

National Grid Reference: ST 88175 40318

Map

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