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Queen's barrow: a bowl barrow in Queen's Barrow Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Stockton, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1308 / 51°7'50"N

Longitude: -2.0532 / 2°3'11"W

OS Eastings: 396373.819153

OS Northings: 136836.713015

OS Grid: ST963368

Mapcode National: GBR 2XN.3Q4

Mapcode Global: VHB5D.CVF0

Entry Name: Queen's barrow: a bowl barrow in Queen's Barrow Plantation

Scheduled Date: 23 June 1956

Last Amended: 20 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010515

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12350

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Stockton

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Middle Wylye Valley

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow set below the crest of a north-facing
slope in an area of undulating chalk downland. The barrow mound is 10m in
diameter and stands to a height of 1.3m. The site was possibly one of those
excavated by Cunnington late in the 19th century. Finds recorded from a site
which may be Queen's Barrow include a primary cremation burial in a stone cist
or box covered with large flints. 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.1m 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 in the 19th century, the bowl barrow in Queen's
Barrow plantation 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


Books and journals
Colt-Hoare, R, Cunnington, WM, 'Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine' in Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine, , Vol. 52, (1948), 216

Source: Historic England

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