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Bowl barrow forming part of a round barrow cemetery 350m north of Springbottom Farm buildings on Wilsford Down

A Scheduled Monument in Wilsford cum Lake, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1633 / 51°9'47"N

Longitude: -1.8283 / 1°49'41"W

OS Eastings: 412101.762401

OS Northings: 140463.517309

OS Grid: SU121404

Mapcode National: GBR 501.SPX

Mapcode Global: VHB5J.8191

Entry Name: Bowl barrow forming part of a round barrow cemetery 350m north of Springbottom Farm buildings on Wilsford Down

Scheduled Date: 23 June 1925

Last Amended: 1 March 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010872

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10334

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Wilsford cum Lake

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Woodford Valley with Archers Gate

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow forming part of a round barrow cemetery
located 350m north of Springbottom Farm buildings occupying an east-facing
slope on Wilsford Down with views across the Avon valley. The cemetery
consists of eight bowl barrows in all.
The barrow has a mound which stands c.2m high and is 40m in diameter,
surrounded by a ditch, from which material was quarried during its
construction 0.4m deep and c.4.5m wide giving the barrow an overall diameter
of 49m.
The barrow was partially excavated in the 19th century when a primary
cremation contained in a wooden box was found together with a grooved dagger
in a cloth-lined wooden sheath, a small dagger, bone tweezers and a pin.

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

A small number of areas in southern England appear to have acted as foci for
ceremonial and ritual activity during the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.
Two of the best known and earliest recognised areas are around Avebury and
Stonehenge, now jointly designated as a World Heritage Site.
The area of chalk downland which surrounds Stonehenge contains one of the
densest and most varied groups of Neolithic and Bronze Age field monuments in
Britain. Included within the area are Stonehenge itself, the Stonehenge
cursus, the Durrington Walls henge, and a variety of burial monuments, many
grouped into cemeteries.
The area has been the subject of archaeological research since the 18th
century when Stukeley recorded many of the monuments and partially excavated a
number of the burial mounds. More recently, the collection of artefacts from
the surfaces of ploughed fields has supplemented the evidence for ritual and
burial by revealing the intensity of contemporary settlement and land-use. In
view of the importance of the area, all ceremonial and sepulchral monuments of
this period which retain significant archaeological remains are identified as
nationally important.
Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age (2000-700 BC). They comprise
closely spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows - rubble or earthen mounds
covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries developed over a
considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in some cases acted as
a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period. They exhibit
considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently including
several different types of round barrow and occasionally associated with
earlier long barrows. Where investigation beyond the round barrows has
occurred, contemporary or later 'flat' burials between the barrow mounds have
often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland
England with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases they are
clustered around other important contemporary monuments, as is the case both
here and at Avebury. Often occupying prominent positions, they are a major
historic element in the modern landscape, while their diversity and their
longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of
beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities.

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age. They were
constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, normally ditched, which covered
single or multiple burials. Often superficially similar, although differing
widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form and a variety of
burial practices. The burials, either inhumations or cremations, are
sometimes accompanied by pottery vessels, tools and personal ornaments. There
are over 10,000 surviving bowl barrows recorded nationally and around 260 in
the Stonehenge area.
The bowl barrow forming part of a round barrow cemetery north of Springbottom
Farm is a good example of its class and is known from partial excavation to
contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, LV, The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume V, (1957), 198
Hoare, R C, Ancient History of Wiltshire, (1812), 207

Source: Historic England

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