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Bowl barrow 650m north east of Upper Swell

A Scheduled Monument in Donnington, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9453 / 51°56'42"N

Longitude: -1.7391 / 1°44'20"W

OS Eastings: 418029.419558

OS Northings: 227449.543296

OS Grid: SP180274

Mapcode National: GBR 4PV.539

Mapcode Global: VHB1P.SCZM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 650m north east of Upper Swell

Scheduled Date: 25 February 1948

Last Amended: 27 June 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008787

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22917

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Donnington

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: The Swells

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a low ridge with panoramic
views, 650m north east of Upper Swell, in an area of the Cotswold Hills.
The barrow, which is sometimes known as the Little Ganborough round barrow,
has a mound composed of small stones. It has a maxmimum diameter of 28.5m and
a maximum height of c.0.5m. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which
material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This has become
infilled over the years, but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.
This barrow forms part of a wider group of similar monuments which are known
in the locality.

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 650m north east of Upper Swell survives comparatively well and
will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Name of site,

Source: Historic England

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