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Bowl barrow 400m NNE of Tanner's Clump

A Scheduled Monument in Tetbury Upton, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.6152 / 51°36'54"N

Longitude: -2.1772 / 2°10'37"W

OS Eastings: 387829.225256

OS Northings: 190725.173068

OS Grid: ST878907

Mapcode National: GBR 1P5.NDM

Mapcode Global: VH95K.6NWM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m NNE of Tanner's Clump

Scheduled Date: 24 July 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008017

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22801

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Tetbury Upton

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Tetbury St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated below the crest of a flat-topped
hill, 400m NNE of Tanner's Clump, overlooking the confluence of two valleys.
The barrow has a mound c.1m high and 40m in diameter surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during the construction of the monument.
This has become infilled over the years and, although no longer visible at
ground level, survives as a buried feature approximately 3m wide. The ditch
can be seen from the air as an area of enhanced grass cover caused by moisture
present in the buried ditch.

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.

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

The bowl barrow 400m NNE of Tanner's Clump survives well and contains
archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed.
The barrow is unusual for this area of the country as it has a surrounding
quarry ditch.

Source: Historic England


Identification of site by L Grinsell, Issac, J, Round Barrow in Tump Ground (Identification of site L Grinsell), (1987)
Issac, J, Round Barrow in Tump Ground, (1987)
Issac, J, Round Barrow in Tump Ground, (1987)

Source: Historic England

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