Bowl barrow 160m south east of Wharf Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017563

Date first listed: 16-Feb-1953

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Dec-1997


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 160m south east of Wharf Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Nottinghamshire

District: Newark and Sherwood (District Authority)

Parish: Thorpe

National Grid Reference: SK 75799 50089


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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 160m south east of Wharf Farm is a rare example of this type of monument in Nottinghamshire. Although the mound will have spread because of ploughing, the deposits beneath the mound will be preserved and the surrounding ditch will survive beneath the plough zone.


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The monument includes the earthwork and below ground remains of a bowl barrow, situated on a natural hillock approximately 160m south east of Wharf Farm. The monument has a sub-circular low mound about 25m in diameter. Originally the mound would have been surrounded by a ditch but this is no longer visible. Despite being degraded by ploughing, the profile of the mound is still just visible against the skyline.

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: 29903

Legacy System: RSM

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