Bowl barrow on Tilshead Down, 950m north west of Copehill Plantation


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019327

Date first listed: 11-Feb-2000


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow on Tilshead Down, 950m north west of Copehill Plantation
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Tilshead

National Grid Reference: SU 02348 46912


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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. Their considerable variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Apart from some cultivation erosion the bowl barrow on Tilshead Down, 950m north west of Copehill Plantation, appears undisturbed and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated immediately below the crest of a downland spur on Tilshead Down, 50m to the north of the junction between an extensive linear boundary earthwork and a large earthern long barrow, which are the subject of a separate scheduling. The bowl barrow has a mound 8m in diameter and 0.2m high and is surrounded by a quarry ditch 2m wide. This has largely become infilled over the years but is still visible on the east side and will survive as a buried feature elsewhere around 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: 31196

Legacy System: RSM

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