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Bowl Barrow at Woodenhill, Bracknell

A Scheduled Monument in Bracknell, Bracknell Forest

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Latitude: 51.3916 / 51°23'29"N

Longitude: -0.7727 / 0°46'21"W

OS Eastings: 485490.955185

OS Northings: 166557.113714

OS Grid: SU854665

Mapcode National: GBR D80.PGW

Mapcode Global: VHDX9.K9C0

Entry Name: Bowl Barrow at Woodenhill, Bracknell

Scheduled Date: 11 June 1969

Last Amended: 4 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007929

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19016

County: Bracknell Forest

Civil Parish: Bracknell

Built-Up Area: Bracknell

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Easthampstead

Church of England Diocese: Oxford


The monument consists of a large ditched bowl barrow situated at the top of a
gentle north facing slope. The mound has an overall diameter of 26.6m and
stands to a maximum height of 2m. The perimeter of the mound has been reduced
by cultivation around its northern quarter so that today the barrow is ovoid
in shape, with the longer axis orientated east to west. Surrounding the mound
is a ditch 5m wide, from which material was quarried during the construction
of the mound. This has become partly infilled over the years but survives as
a low earthwork 0.7m deep around the north-east and south-east sectors of the
barrow and as a buried feature elsewhere.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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. 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

Source: Historic England

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