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Round barrow on Easton Down

A Scheduled Monument in Milton Lilbourne, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3186 / 51°19'6"N

Longitude: -1.7002 / 1°42'0"W

OS Eastings: 420987.39133

OS Northings: 157761.839002

OS Grid: SU209577

Mapcode National: GBR 4YG.8Z1

Mapcode Global: VHC28.H400

Entry Name: Round barrow on Easton Down

Scheduled Date: 3 June 1925

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005693

English Heritage Legacy ID: WI 90

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Milton Lilbourne

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Summary

Bowl barrow 1720m west of Southgrove Farm.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 25 June 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. As such they do not yet have the full descriptions of their modernised counterparts available. Please contact us if you would like further information.

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the upper south facing slopes of the prominent ridge called Easton Hill. The barrow survives as a circular mound measuring up to 15m in diameter and 0.5m high surrounded by a largely buried quarry ditch from which the construction material was derived. A dark central area visible on aerial photographs may indicate early partial excavation by antiquarians.

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 reduction in the height of the mound through past cultivation the bowl barrow 1720m west of Southgrove Farm survives comparatively 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

Sources

Other
PastScape 224326
Wiltshire HER SU25NW606

Source: Historic England

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