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Bowl barrow 130m south-west of North End Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Sutton Veny, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1752 / 51°10'30"N

Longitude: -2.1343 / 2°8'3"W

OS Eastings: 390703.771304

OS Northings: 141779.728499

OS Grid: ST907417

Mapcode National: GBR 1VN.76X

Mapcode Global: VH97P.YQJG

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 130m south-west of North End Farm

Scheduled Date: 26 June 1924

Last Amended: 21 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010514

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12349

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Sutton Veny

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Sutton Veny St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on level ground just above the
floodplain of the Wylye Valley. The barrow mound is 36m in diameter and
stands 2.5m high. A slight hollow on the centre of the mound suggests it was
partially excavated, probably in the 19th century. 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 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, the North End Farm bowl barrow survives well and
has potential for the recovery of archaeological evidence and environmental
remains relating to the period in which the monument was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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