Bowl barrow 430m north west of Northdown Barn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017705

Date first listed: 16-Oct-1955

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Mar-1998


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 430m north west of Northdown Barn
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Coombe Bissett

National Grid Reference: SU 10345 28118


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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 400m north west of Northdown Barn is, despite erosion caused by cultivation, a comparatively well preserved example of its class. Part excavation has shown the barrow will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age and possibly Saxon beliefs, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow, lying on the crest of Netherhampton Down 430m north west of Northdown Barn. The barrow has a mound approximately 26m in diameter which, despite erosion by cultivation, survives to a maximum height of 0.4m. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material for its construction was quarried. This is no longer visible on the surface but will survive as a buried feature 3m wide. In 1803 the barrow was partly excavated by William Cunnington who found that it had been opened previously; he discovered two fragmentary skeletons, possibly of Saxon date, close to the top of the mound.

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: 26835

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Colt Hoare, R, The Ancient History of Wiltshire: Volume I, (1812)

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