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Bowl barrow 350m south west of Furze Platt Farm in Blenheim Great Park

A Scheduled Monument in Blenheim, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8595 / 51°51'34"N

Longitude: -1.3767 / 1°22'35"W

OS Eastings: 443023.12045

OS Northings: 218063.785171

OS Grid: SP430180

Mapcode National: GBR 7W9.6T5

Mapcode Global: VHCX6.3J2C

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 350m south west of Furze Platt Farm in Blenheim Great Park

Scheduled Date: 10 November 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009416

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21814

County: Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Blenheim

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated on a gentle ridge
running north-south in open parkland, 350m south west of Furze Platt Farm on
the Blenheim Estate.
The barrow mound measures 14m in diameter and stands up to 0.3m high. There is
a slight depression c.1m across and 0.1m deep in the centre of the mound.
This may represent an early excavation of the site.
Surrounding the mound, but no longer visible at ground level, is a quarry
ditch from which material was obtained during its construction. This has
become infilled over the years but will survive as a buried feature c.2m wide.

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 partial excavation, the bowl barrow 350m south west of Furze Platt
Farm will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its
construction and the landscape in which it was built.

Source: Historic England


9.033-4, FAIREY, Air Photograph, (1961)
PRN 12,743 Note 1, C.A.O., Small circular enclosure, (1980)
PRN 12,743 Note 2, C.A.O., Small circular enclosure, (1980)
PRN 12,743 Note 3, C.A.O., Small circular enclosure, (1980)
Title: Ordnance Survey 1:10560
Source Date: 1930
SP 41 NW

Source: Historic England

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