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Sulgrave bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Sulgrave, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.12 / 52°7'12"N

Longitude: -1.1846 / 1°11'4"W

OS Eastings: 455924.842964

OS Northings: 247166.980606

OS Grid: SP559471

Mapcode National: GBR 8TS.1B5

Mapcode Global: VHCVY.FZ35

Entry Name: Sulgrave bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 10 December 1975

Last Amended: 26 March 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010248

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13670

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Sulgrave

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Sulgrave St James the Less

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough


Sulgrave bowl barrow lies 1.5km to the north of Sulgrave village, on the south
side of Banbury Lane.
This Bronze Age bowl barrow consists of a mound up to 2m high and probably a
surrounding ditch. The mound is oval in shape and measures approximately 25m
x 40m. The peak of the clay mound lies at the northern end. Some large
stones are exposed on the west side of the barrow mound suggesting the
presence of internal burial cists or chambers used to inter the remains of the
dead. Most of the barrow mound is intact but the site has been partly
disturbed by badgers and it is not possible to trace a surrounding ditch,
although one is likely to survive below ground.

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

Although some of the mound has been disturbed, much of this large barrow at
Sulgrave will retain archaeological evidence.

Source: Historic England

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