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Bowl barrow 700m south west of Liddington Warren Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Liddington, Swindon

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Latitude: 51.5054 / 51°30'19"N

Longitude: -1.6819 / 1°40'54"W

OS Eastings: 422176.946414

OS Northings: 178548.899933

OS Grid: SU221785

Mapcode National: GBR 5XH.FMM

Mapcode Global: VHC19.SFQ8

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 700m south west of Liddington Warren Farm

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 22 September 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009634

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12283

County: Swindon

Civil Parish: Liddington

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Lyddington and Wanborough

Church of England Diocese: Bristol


The monument includes a bowl barrow set above the floor of a dry valley in an
area of undulating chalk downland. The barrow mound is 27m in diameter and 1m
high. Although no longer visible at ground level a ditch, from which material
was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the mound.
This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.3m
wide. Partial excavation of the site produced a cremation burial below a
stone cairn accompanied by the rim of a pottery urn and a conical shale

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 of the Liddington Warren Farm bowl barrow and
cultivation of the northern part of the barrow mound, much of the monument
remains intact, survives comparatively well and has potential for the recovery
of further archaeological remains. The significance of the monument is
enhanced by the fact that numerous other round barrows survive in the area as
well as additional evidence for contemporary settlement. Such evidence
provides a clear indication of the extent to which the area was settled during
the Bronze Age period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Passmore, , 'Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine' in Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine, , Vol. 27, ()

Source: Historic England

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