Bowl barrow 1050m north east of Wood Farm
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
- National Grid Reference:
- ST 80984 34506
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
The bowl barrow 1050m north east of Wood Farm is a well preserved example of its class which, despite limited excavation, exhibits a largely original profile including, in places, a pronounced ditch. The barrow will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment, and forms an integral part of the formalised later prehistoric landscape of White Sheet Hill.
The monument includes a ditched bowl barrow, situated in a prominent ridge top
position 1050m north east of Wood Farm.
The barrow includes a mound, 19m in diameter and 1.8m high, which has been
partly excavated in the past leaving depressions in the centre and on its
southern side. It is surrounded by a quarry ditch from which material to
construct the mound was excavated. This is visible in places as a shallow
depression 4m wide and up to 0.4m deep.
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.
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This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
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