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Bowl barrow on Hinton Downs

A Scheduled Monument in Bishopstone, Swindon

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Latitude: 51.5186 / 51°31'6"N

Longitude: -1.6363 / 1°38'10"W

OS Eastings: 425329.689717

OS Northings: 180027.518477

OS Grid: SU253800

Mapcode National: GBR 5XC.M45

Mapcode Global: VHC1B.L395

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Hinton Downs

Scheduled Date: 9 April 1957

Last Amended: 9 March 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010461

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12318

County: Swindon

Civil Parish: Bishopstone

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Bishopstone with Hinton Parva

Church of England Diocese: Bristol


The monument includes a bowl barrow set below the crest of a gentle
east-facing slope in an area of undulating chalk downland. The barrow mound
is 26m in diameter and 2m high. Although no longer visible at ground level a
ditch, from which material was quarried during construction of the monument,
surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as
a buried feature c.3m wide.
The site was partially excavated by Cannon Greenwell in 1889. Finds included
a cremation burial in an oval grave accompanied by a dagger as well as a later
Saxon burial with a spearhead and a large shale bead.

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 barrow mound by Cannon Greenwell in 1889,
the Hinton Downs bowl barrow survives well and has potential for the recovery
of archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the period in
which the monument was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine' in Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine, , Vol. 49, (1958)
BM A28/222 183,

Source: Historic England

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