Bowl barrow 800m south east of Fitzroy Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017300

Date first listed: 03-Mar-1927

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Feb-2000


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 800m south east of Fitzroy 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: Edington

National Grid Reference: ST 92566 52067


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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 some evidence for disturbance the bowl barrow 800m south east of Fitzroy Farm is a well preserved example of this type of monument which will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to both the landscape and burial practice in the later prehistoric period.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the south side of Luccombe Bottom, a small dry valley cut into Lower Chalk on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain south of the village of Edington. The barrow lies on a steep north facing slope on a spur to the south of the valley. The mound of the barrow is 13.4m in diameter and 0.6m high and has an irregular surface, probably the result of chalk digging or excavation. It is surrounded by a ditch 3.6m wide and 0.3m deep from which material was quarried during its construction. To the north the ditch has been covered by slippage of the mound on the slope. Two other barrows also in Luccombe Bottom are the subject of separate schedulings (SM 31696 and SM 31697).

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: 31698

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire, (1957), 174

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