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Bowl barrow 210m SSW of The Limes

A Scheduled Monument in Horbling, Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 52.8982 / 52°53'53"N

Longitude: -0.3401 / 0°20'24"W

OS Eastings: 511757.029695

OS Northings: 334704.330842

OS Grid: TF117347

Mapcode National: GBR GTC.BTT

Mapcode Global: WHGKT.RF81

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 210m SSW of The Limes

Scheduled Date: 22 December 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009988

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21471

County: Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Horbling

Built-Up Area: Billingborough

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Horbling St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated immediately to the west of
Billingborough Road. The barrow is visible as an earthen mound, covering a
circular area approximately 25m in diameter and standing to a height of
approximately 1.5m. The mound is encircled by a ditch with an estimated width
of 3m which has become infilled, but which will survive as a buried feature
except on the eastern side, where the line of it is cut by a roadside ditch.

Excluded from the scheduling are a modern field boundary fence on the east
side of the mound and the remains of an older fence, although the ground
beneath these features is included.

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

The bowl barrow 210m SSW of The Limes survives well as one of a
pair of earthwork barrows in an area where there are very few upstanding
earthworks of this period. Archaeological information, including evidence
concerning the construction of the barrow and the manner and duration of its
use, will be contained in the mound, the soils buried beneath the mound, and
in the fill of the surrounding ditch. Evidence for the local environment at
that time will also be preserved beneath the mound and in the fill of the
The close relationship between this barrow and that immediately to the south
east (the subject of a separate scheduling) will add significantly to the
importance of this site.

Source: Historic England


Dossier for H B M C, Fenland Evaluation Project: Lincolnshire, (1990)
NMR Listing: TF 13 SW 2,

Source: Historic England

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