This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.

Boswell bowl barrow, 700m north of Cocked Hat Plantation

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Boswell bowl barrow, 700m north of Cocked Hat Plantation

List entry Number: 1017877


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Lincolnshire

District: East Lindsey

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Elkington

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 25-Nov-1969

Date of most recent amendment: 12-Mar-1998

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 29724

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

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.

Boswell bowl barrow survives as a well-preserved earthwork which, despite some minor disturbance in recent times, is thought to be largely intact. The barrow mound will contain valuable archaeological deposits, including human remains and artefacts, relating to the date of its construction, its period of use and the religious beliefs of the community who built the barrow. Further deposits contained within the fills of the buried ditch will provide evidence of activities focussed on the barrow during the Bronze Age and subsequent periods. Environmental evidence from both the mound and the ditch may illustrate the nature of the landscape in which the monument was set.


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


The monument includes Boswell bowl barrow, located 700m north of Cocked Hat Plantation. The barrow is situated on a plateau above two small tributaries of the River Bain. The barrow mound, which is considered to have been constructed in the Bronze Age, is some 45m in diameter and stands to a height of about 1.8m. Material for the construction of the mound is thought to have been quarried from an encircling ditch. This ditch has been infilled and buried over the years and is no longer visible, although it is thought to survive beneath the present ground surface and is included in the scheduling. Apart from some slight disturbance caused by the laying of a cable earlier this century, there is no evidence to suggest that the barrow has been excavated, and it is thought to survive largely intact.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 5 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details

National Grid Reference: TF 26817 90686


© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2018. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1017877 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 18-Jul-2018 at 07:45:41.

End of official listing