Two bowl barrows 900m and 1000m east of Old Manor Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020486

Date first listed: 20-Feb-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Sep-2001


Ordnance survey map of Two bowl barrows 900m and 1000m east of Old Manor Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Huntingdonshire (District Authority)

Parish: Great Staughton

National Grid Reference: TL 12503 63110, TL 12606 63124


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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 barrows 900m and 1000m east of Old Manor Farm are situated in an archaeologically rich Bronze Age and medieval landscape. The reuse of one of the mounds during the medieval period indicates its continued importance as a local landmark throughout the centuries. As the barrows have not been excavated, archaeological deposits are thought to survive well with the potential for the recovery of valuable artefactual and ecological evidence for over 4000 years of human activity.


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The monument includes two Bronze Age bowl barrows, in two areas of protection and situated 900m and 1000m east of Old Manor Farm in a field called Mill Field. The easternmost mound is partly overlain by a hedge and stands approximately 0.4m high with a diameter of 26m. The southern part has been reduced by ploughing. The mound was surrounded by a ditch from which earth was dug in the construction of the mound, which is no longer visible but will survive as a buried feature, about 3m wide.

Approximately 100m to the west are the remains of the second barrow. The mound, about 15m in diameter, has been reduced by ploughing, yet buried features, including the remains of an encircling ditch approximately 3m wide, are thought to survive.

The two bowl barrows were formerly part of a group of four, marked on an 1827 map, of which two have not been identified. They may have been part of a larger Bronze Age cemetery, as suggested by evidence of further barrows to the north east.

One of the barrow mounds on Mill Field was probably reused as a mill mound, as is apparent from 18th and 19th century maps and building material scattered on the site. The mounds are favourably situated on the crest of a hill, 900m east of a medieval manor, and 500m south east of the remains of a medieval and/or post-medieval village.

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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