Bowl barrow known as Money Tump

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016874

Date first listed: 03-Jan-1949

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Jul-1999

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow known as Money Tump
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Gloucestershire

District: Stroud (District Authority)

Parish: Bisley-with-Lypiatt

National Grid Reference: SO 90302 04790

Summary

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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.

Money Tump bowl barrow survives well as a prominent mound in an area of considerable prehistoric activity, with two round barrows to the north west and a third to the south east. The mound will contain evidence for primary and secondary burials, along with grave goods, which will provide information about prehistoric funerary practices and the local population at that time. The barrow mound will also preserve environmental information in the buried original ground surface, providing evidence for the landscape at the time of the barrows construction. In addition, the mound and its surrounding ditch will contain environmental evidence in the form of organic remains, which will relate both to the barrow and the wider landscape.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, known as Money Tump, on the top of a hill in the Cotswolds. The barrow mound measures 28m in diameter and 1.5m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was excavated for the construction of the barrow. The ditch is no longer visible at ground level, but survives as a buried feature about 3m wide. The remains of the wooden post and wire fence bordering the southern side of the barrow is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it 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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 32360

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Darvill, T C, Grinsell, L V, 'Trans. of the Bristol and Glos. Arch. Society' in Gloucestershire Barrows: Supplement 1961-1988, , Vol. CVII, (1989), 39

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