Bell barrow 660m south east of Beckhampton Buildings, forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Horton Down


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018549

Date first listed: 10-Mar-1925

Date of most recent amendment: 29-Apr-1998


Ordnance survey map of Bell barrow 660m south east of Beckhampton Buildings, forming part of a round barrow cemetery on Horton Down
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Avebury

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Bishops Cannings

National Grid Reference: SU 07956 67777


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Reasons for Designation

A small number of areas in southern England appear to have acted as foci for ceremonial and ritual activity during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age periods. Two of the best known and earliest recognised, with references in the 17th century, are around Avebury and Stonehenge, now jointly designated as a World Heritage Site. In the Avebury area, the henge monument itself, the West Kennet Avenue, the Sanctuary, West Kennet long barrow, Windmill Hill causewayed enclosure and the enigmatic Silbury Hill are well-known. Whilst the other Neolithic long barrows, the many Bronze Age round barrows and other associated sites are less well-known, together they define one of the richest and most varied areas of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial and ritual monuments in the country. Bell barrows, the most visually impressive form of round barrow, are funerary monuments dating to the Early and Middle Bronze Age, with most examples belonging to the period 1600-1300 BC. They occur either in isolation or in round barrow cemeteries and were constructed as single or multiple mounds covering burials, often in pits, and surrounded by an enclosure ditch. The burials are frequently accompanied by weapons, personal ornaments and pottery and appear to be those of aristocratic individuals, usually men. Bell barrows are rare nationally, with less than 250 known examples, most of which are in Wessex. All examples are considered worthy of protection.

Despite having been partly disturbed by quarrying, this bell barrow 660m south east of Beckhampton Buildings is well preserved and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction and the landscape in which it was built.


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The monument includes a bell barrow forming part of a group of four Bronze Age round barrows situated on Horton Down. The barrow mound has been disturbed by quarrying to the north and west but survives with a diameter of 26m and stands up to 4m high. The mound is surrounded by a gently sloping berm, 7m wide, and an outer quarry ditch from which material was obtained during the construction of the monument. This ditch has been partly infilled over the years but survives as a visible feature approximately 7m wide and 0.5m deep. It has been affected by quarrying to the north and west. The barrow is on the parish boundary between Bishops Cannings and Avebury and was used as a boundary marker during the early medieval period. Excluded from the scheduling is the boundary fence which crosses the edge of the ditch, but the ground beneath 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.


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

Legacy System number: 21759

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire, (1957), 155,159
SU06NE640, CAO, Bell barrow, (1989)

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