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Bowl barrow 100m south of Fargo Road

A Scheduled Monument in Durrington, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1917 / 51°11'30"N

Longitude: -1.8239 / 1°49'26"W

OS Eastings: 412399.563001

OS Northings: 143624.654001

OS Grid: SU123436

Mapcode National: GBR 4ZV.7NZ

Mapcode Global: VHB5B.B9MS

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 100m south of Fargo Road

Scheduled Date: 24 March 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009069

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10315

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Durrington

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Durrington All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow located 100m south of Fargo Road, on
Durrington Down Farm. The barrow is now difficult to define on the ground
being in an area of recent earthworks, probably the result of military
activity. However, the barrow is represented on the County Series Ordnance
Survey 6" map of 1884 from which the diameter of the mound is calculated to be
c.20m. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried
during its construction. This has become infilled over the years but survives
as a buried feature c.2m wide giving the barrow an overall diameter of c.24m.
Partial excavation in the 19th century produced a skeleton of Bronze Age date
and a later cremation together with an assortment of finds associated with the
burials.

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 caused by recent military activity, the bowl barrow 100m south
of Fargo Road on Durrington Down Farm is known from partial excavation to
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
Grinsell, LV, The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume V, (1957), 171
Hoare, R C, Ancient History of Wiltshire, (1812), 170
Other

Source: Historic England

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