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Bowl barrow 150m WSW of Robin Hood's Ball

A Scheduled Monument in Shrewton, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.212 / 51°12'43"N

Longitude: -1.8584 / 1°51'30"W

OS Eastings: 409987.836045

OS Northings: 145877.322369

OS Grid: SU099458

Mapcode National: GBR 3Y2.YTH

Mapcode Global: VHB53.QSXR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 150m WSW of Robin Hood's Ball

Scheduled Date: 22 April 1966

Last Amended: 27 March 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009060

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10409

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Shrewton

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Salisbury Plain

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated 150m WSW of Robin Hood's Ball in
the Larkhill Ranges. The barrow mound is c.16m in diameter and 0.5m high, and
is now irregular in shape as a result of military training activity.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch c.1.5m wide from which material was quarried
during its construction. This is now difficult to identify on the ground,
having become infilled over the years, though it does survive as a buried
feature. The overall diameter is c.19m.

MAP EXTRACT
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

A small number of areas in southern England appear to have acted as foci for
ceremonial and ritual activity during the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.
Two of the best known and earliest recognised areas are around Avebury and
Stonehenge, now jointly designated as a World Heritage Site.
The area of chalk downland which surrounds Stonehenge contains one of the
densest and most varied groups of Neolithic and Bronze Age field monuments in
Britain. Included within the area are Stonehenge itself, the Stonehenge
cursus, the Durrington Walls henge, and a variety of burial monuments, many
grouped into cemeteries.
The area has been the subject of archaeological research since the 18th
century when Stukeley recorded many of the monuments and partially excavated a
number of the burial mounds. More recently, the collection of artefacts from
the surfaces of ploughed fields has supplemented the evidence for ritual and
burial by revealing the intensity of contemporary settlement and land-use.
In view of the importance of the area, all ceremonial and sepulchral monuments
of this period which retain significant archaeological remains are identified
as nationally important. 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, normally 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 variety of burial practices. There are over
10,000 surviving bowl barrows recorded nationally and at least 320 in the
Stonehenge area. This group of monuments will provide important information
on the development of this area during the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age
periods.

Despite damage resulting from military training activity, the bowl barrow 150m
WSW of Robin Hood's Ball will contain archaeological remains and environmental
evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was
constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Hoare, R C, Ancient History of Wiltshire, (1812), 176

Source: Historic England

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