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Bowl barrow 200m north-east of Everleigh Ashes

A Scheduled Monument in Milton Lilbourne, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.3128 / 51°18'46"N

Longitude: -1.7163 / 1°42'58"W

OS Eastings: 419868.120255

OS Northings: 157112.967759

OS Grid: SU198571

Mapcode National: GBR 4YF.QWQ

Mapcode Global: VHC28.68HG

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 200m north-east of Everleigh Ashes

Scheduled Date: 10 March 1925

Last Amended: 25 February 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009543

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12195

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Milton Lilbourne

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


The monument includes a bowl barrow set below the crest of a gentle west-
facing slope and above the floor of a dry valley orientated NNE-SSW. The
barrow mound is 27m in diameter and stands to a height of 4m. A ditch, no
longer visible at ground level, surrounds the barrow mound surviving as a
buried feature c.3m 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. Their ubiquity and their tendency to occupy
prominent locations makes them 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 organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are
particularly representative of their period and a substantial
proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

As there is no evidence for formal excavation of the barrow, it has
considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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