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Bowl barrow on Barrow Hill, Hungerford Newtown

A Scheduled Monument in Hungerford, West Berkshire

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Latitude: 51.4453 / 51°26'43"N

Longitude: -1.4903 / 1°29'25"W

OS Eastings: 435516.559104

OS Northings: 171940.044776

OS Grid: SU355719

Mapcode National: GBR 6ZV.81V

Mapcode Global: VHC1M.3XZW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Barrow Hill, Hungerford Newtown

Scheduled Date: 7 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009457

English Heritage Legacy ID: 19028

County: West Berkshire

Civil Parish: Hungerford

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Hungerford with Denford

Church of England Diocese: Oxford


The monument includes a large bowl barrow situated in a small copse towards
the south end of a small spur. The barrow survives as a well defined mound
30m in diameter and up to 2.6m high. It has a rounded profile, is of a chalk
rubble construction and appears undisturbed. The western edge of the mound is
overlain by the modern boundary hedge of the copse and is plough spread in the
field to the west. There are no surface indications of the surrounding ditch,
from which the material for the mound would have been quarried. This has
become infilled over the years but is believed to survive as a buried feature
c.2m wide. The name Barrow Hill, applying to the copse or hilltop, is
recorded as early as 1677.

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

Source: Historic England


SMR No 2622.00, SMR No. 2622.00,

Source: Historic England

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