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Syreford Farm bowl barrow, 450m south west of Oxpens

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: Syreford Farm bowl barrow, 450m south west of Oxpens

List entry Number: 1018155

Location

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

County: Gloucestershire

District: Cotswold

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Sevenhampton

County: Gloucestershire

District: Cotswold

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Whittington

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 07-May-1948

Date of most recent amendment: 23-Apr-1998

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 28860

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 the top of the mound being flattened, the Syreford Farm bowl barrow, 450m south west of Oxpens survives well and will contain archaeological information and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow just below the crest of a south-facing hillside in the Cotswolds. The barrow has a mound which measures 16m east-west, 13m north-south and is about 2m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was excavated during the construction of the barrow. This can no longer be seen at ground level, but survives as a buried feature about 3m wide. The top of the barrow is flattened, but there are no depressions which might indicate unrecorded excavation in the past. The drystone wall and the post and wire fence which lie to the north of the barrow are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath these is included.

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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National Grid Reference: SP 04183 20714

Map

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