Bowl barrow in The Belt, 350m north east of Hill Barn


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019901

Date first listed: 09-Oct-1981

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Apr-2001


Ordnance survey map of Bowl barrow in The Belt, 350m north east of Hill Barn
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: West Overton

National Grid Reference: SU 13732 67589


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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.

The bowl barrow in The Belt, 350m north east of Hill Barn survives as a substantial earthwork which will retain archaeological information pretaining to its construction and use. In addition, the old land surface sealed beneath the mound and the fill of the encircling ditch are likely to contain environmental evidence relating to the landscape in which the barrow was constructed.


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The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the upper north western slopes of White Hill overlooking the Kennet valley. The barrow mound is circular in plan, a maximum of 27.5m in diameter and survives to a height of 1.3m. A ditch, from which material was excavated for the monument's construction, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature about 2m wide. All fences are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them 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: 33958

Legacy System: RSM


English Heritage, SU16 NW63, (1974)
Holyoak, V M, Photos showing disturbed bones adjacent to sett on E of SM33958, (2000)
Wiltshire County Council, SU16 NW654,

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