Bowl barrow 880m north east of Field Barn Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016675

Date first listed: 14-Feb-1955

Date of most recent amendment: 16-Apr-1999


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 880m north east of Field Barn 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: Longbridge Deverill

National Grid Reference: ST 88175 40318


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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.


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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.


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

Legacy System number: 31675

Legacy System: RSM


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

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