Bowl barrow 1480m east of Keysley Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019738

Date first listed: 23-Mar-1927

Date of most recent amendment: 11-Aug-2003

Map

Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow 1480m east of Keysley Farm
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Kingston Deverill

National Grid Reference: ST 87763 35304

Summary

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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 being spread by ploughing, the barrow 1460m east of Keysley Farm stands to a height of 0.3m and will contain archaeological and environmental remains, relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

History

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Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow on the flat summit of Keysley Down, a rise of Upper Chalk within an area of high ground to the south of the upper Wylye Valley. The barrow has been spread by ploughing but the mound still stands to a height of 0.3m and is 25.5m in diameter. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become infilled but will survive as a buried feature 3m wide. A further barrow 790m to the SSE is the subject of a separate scheduling (SM 12305).

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 34211

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire, (1957), 180

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