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Bowl barrow 400m west of Mount Pleasant

A Scheduled Monument in Sherrington, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1483 / 51°8'53"N

Longitude: -2.0609 / 2°3'39"W

OS Eastings: 395835.909798

OS Northings: 138784.415123

OS Grid: ST958387

Mapcode National: GBR 2X8.V3H

Mapcode Global: VHB5D.7DBK

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m west of Mount Pleasant

Scheduled Date: 23 March 1927

Last Amended: 10 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010516

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12343

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Sherrington

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Sherrington St Cosmo and St Damian

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes one of a pair of bowl barrows set close to the floor
of the Wylye Valley and at the foot of a steep chalk escarpment. The barrow
mound is 9m in diameter and stands to a height of 0.5m. A ditch, from which
material was quarried during construction of the monument, surrounds the mound
and survives as a buried feature visible as a ring of improved grass cover 1m
wide.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Source: Historic England

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