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Bowl barrow 180m WNW of Nosehill Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9319 / 51°55'54"N

Longitude: -1.8259 / 1°49'33"W

OS Eastings: 412064.728006

OS Northings: 225944.730574

OS Grid: SP120259

Mapcode National: GBR 4PR.TCZ

Mapcode Global: VHB1N.9PKW

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 180m WNW of Nosehill Farm

Scheduled Date: 25 February 1948

Last Amended: 30 March 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011981

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22918

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Temple Guiting

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Temple Guiting St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated in the Cotswolds, on a
carboniferous limestone ridge with views to the south.
The monument, which is sometimes known as the Nosehill round barrow, occupies
an artificial peninsular, isolated from the rest of the ridge by a modern
limestone quarry to the south, west and east. The barrow has a mound with a
maximum diameter of 25m and a maximum height of c.0.5m, composed of small
stones. This is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during
the construction of the monument. The ditch is no longer visible at ground
level, as it has become infilled over the years, but it will survive as a
buried feature c.2m 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 some disturbance by cultivation, the bowl barrow 180m WNW of
Nosehill Farm survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
O`Neil, H E, Grinsell, L V, 'Proc of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Arch Soc' in Gloucestershire Barrows, , Vol. 179, (1960), 134
Name of the barrow,

Source: Historic England

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