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Bowl barrow in King's Wood, Wye

A Scheduled Monument in Boughton Aluph, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2182 / 51°13'5"N

Longitude: 0.9198 / 0°55'11"E

OS Eastings: 604003.556988

OS Northings: 150602.663203

OS Grid: TR040506

Mapcode National: GBR SX9.KCY

Mapcode Global: VHKK8.WNM0

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in King's Wood, Wye

Scheduled Date: 26 August 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009016

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25455

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Boughton Aluph

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a clay-capped, chalk hill
forming part of the Kent Downs.
The barrow has a roughly circular mound 16m in diameter and 1m high surrounded
by a ditch from which material used to construct the barrow was excavated. The
ditch has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m

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

Despite some disturbance caused by forestry operations and the action of tree
roots, the bowl barrow in King's Wood survives comparatively well and contains
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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