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Four bowl barrows 850m south east of Bemborough Farm; forming part of the Bemborough Farm round barrow cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9344 / 51°56'3"N

Longitude: -1.8394 / 1°50'21"W

OS Eastings: 411139.091161

OS Northings: 226226.207076

OS Grid: SP111262

Mapcode National: GBR 3ND.PSP

Mapcode Global: VHB1N.2MGX

Entry Name: Four bowl barrows 850m south east of Bemborough Farm; forming part of the Bemborough Farm round barrow cemetery

Scheduled Date: 25 February 1948

Last Amended: 8 June 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008786

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22902

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Temple Guiting

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Temple Guiting St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a closely spaced group of four bowl barrows forming part
of the Bemborough Farm round barrow cemetery. The barrows are situated on a
plateau 850m south east of Bemborough Farm in an area of the Cotswold Hills.
The four barrow mounds range from 25m to 30m in diameter and stand to between
0.3m and 0.6m high. All four mounds are composed of small stones and each has
a surrounding ditch from which material was quarried during their
construction. These have become infilled over the years, but survive as
buried features c.2m wide.

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

Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow, occasionally associated with earlier
long barrows. Where large scale investigation has been undertaken around them,
contemporary or later "flat" burials between the barrow mounds have often been
revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland Britain, with a
marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases, they are clustered around other
important contemporary monuments such as henges. Often occupying prominent
locations, they are a major historic element in the modern landscape, whilst
their diversity and their longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the variety of beliefs and social organisation amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving or partly-surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

The four bowl barrows 850m south east of Bemborough Farm survive well as part
of a wider round barrow cemetery. The barrows will contain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which
they were constructed. The barrows within this cemetery are unusual in this
area in that they do not appear to have been excavated in the past.

Source: Historic England


Mention no sign of ditch from AP`s,
Mention of no sign of ditch from AP`s,
No trace of ditch,

Source: Historic England

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