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Bowl barrow 500m north of Starveall

A Scheduled Monument in Sutton Veny, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1377 / 51°8'15"N

Longitude: -2.1319 / 2°7'54"W

OS Eastings: 390869.342702

OS Northings: 137608.940261

OS Grid: ST908376

Mapcode National: GBR 1W1.MTC

Mapcode Global: VH97X.0NBQ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m north of Starveall

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1956

Last Amended: 21 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010456

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12322

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Sutton Veny

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Heytesbury with Tytherington and Knook St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a prominent hill-top in an area of
undulating chalk downland. The barrow mound is 14m in diameter and 0.6m 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.2m wide.
Worked flint artefacts, believed to be contemporary with the monument, are
visible on the surface of the barrow mound and in the field immediately
surrounding it.

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

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