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Bowl barrow 100m south west of Belas Knap

A Scheduled Monument in Sudeley, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9268 / 51°55'36"N

Longitude: -1.9719 / 1°58'18"W

OS Eastings: 402031.271493

OS Northings: 225362.727542

OS Grid: SP020253

Mapcode National: GBR 3NF.09P

Mapcode Global: VHB1K.RTXT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 100m south west of Belas Knap

Scheduled Date: 15 March 1948

Last Amended: 1 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009158

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22906

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Sudeley

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Sevenhampton with Charlton Abbots

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated below the crest of a low ridge,
100m south west of the Belas Knap long barrow, in an area of the Cotswold
The barrow has a mound composed of small stones. It is 22m in diameter and
c.0.25m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was
quarried during the construction of the monument. This is no longer visible at
ground level, having become infilled over the years, but it will survive as a
buried feature c.2m wide.
The barrow is located within close proximity of the earlier Belas Knap long
barrow, with which it is inter-visible.

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 ploughing, the bowl barrow 100m south west of Belas Knap survives
comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.
The monument is of interest as an example of an isolated bowl barrow within
close proximity of an earlier long barrow.

Source: Historic England


Mention of aerial photographs,
Mention of stoney patch in field,

Source: Historic England

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