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Round barrow north of Yarnbury Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Steeple Langford, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1682 / 51°10'5"N

Longitude: -1.9528 / 1°57'10"W

OS Eastings: 403392.667001

OS Northings: 140995.953499

OS Grid: SU033409

Mapcode National: GBR 3YJ.R2T

Mapcode Global: VHB58.3WGV

Entry Name: Round barrow N of Yarnbury Castle

Scheduled Date: 18 April 1955

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005614

English Heritage Legacy ID: WI 395

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Steeple Langford

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Berwick St James

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Summary

Bowl barrow 1385m ESE of Deptford Down Barn.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 16 September 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of a ridge between two higher hills and two dry valleys. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 18m in diameter and 1.6m high surrounded by a buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived. There is a central hollow from early excavation or robbing.

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. Despite partial early excavation the bowl barrow 1385m ESE of Deptford Down Barn 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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PastScape 215155, Wiltshire HER SU04SW602

Source: Historic England

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