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Bowl barrow on Sugar Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Aldbourne, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.5043 / 51°30'15"N

Longitude: -1.6532 / 1°39'11"W

OS Eastings: 424164.172703

OS Northings: 178426.746501

OS Grid: SU241784

Mapcode National: GBR 5XJ.NTJ

Mapcode Global: VHC1B.9GC5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Sugar Hill

Scheduled Date: 10 March 1925

Last Amended: 18 July 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012060

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12177

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Aldbourne

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


The monument includes a bowl barrow set below the crest of a steep west-
facing slope in an area of undulating chalk downland. The barrow mound is 3m
high and 23m in diameter. Surrounding the mound is a ditch c.3m wide from
which material for the mound was quarried. This has filled in over
the years and now survives as a buried feature visible as a ring of darker
earth on the east and north sides of the mound. The site was partially
excavated by Canon Greenwell, a prolific excavator of barrows, between 1885
and 1890. Finds included the cremated remains of an adult set in a cist, or
stone-lined box, and covered by a cairn. The cremation was accompanied by
a bronze dagger and bone pin.

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 of the barrow mound, much of the monument,
including ditch deposits and the buried ground surface, remains intact. It
therefore has significant archaeological potential, particularly for the
recovery of environmental evidence.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Archaeologia (Volume 54)

Source: Historic England

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