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Bowl barrow 400m north west of Starveall Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Hillesley and Tresham, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.5922 / 51°35'32"N

Longitude: -2.2954 / 2°17'43"W

OS Eastings: 379634.805336

OS Northings: 188193.66245

OS Grid: ST796881

Mapcode National: GBR 0N2.2J1

Mapcode Global: VH95P.57DR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m north west of Starveall Farm

Scheduled Date: 20 January 1949

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002472

English Heritage Legacy ID: SG 41

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Hillesley and Tresham

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Hillesley St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow, situated on the upper north-facing slopes of a ridge, overlooking the head of a valley of a tributary to the Little Avon River. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 16m in diameter and 1.6m high. It is surrounded by a buried quarry ditch, from which the material for its construction was derived.
Further archaeological remains in the vicinity are the subject of a separate scheduling.

Sources: PastScape 205044
South Gloucestershire HER 2080

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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. 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. The bowl barrow 400m north west of Starveall Farm survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, territorial significance, social organisation, funerary and ritual practices and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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