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Bowl barrow 700m east of Oundle Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Oundle, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.4755 / 52°28'31"N

Longitude: -0.4817 / 0°28'54"W

OS Eastings: 503218.552778

OS Northings: 287479.345756

OS Grid: TL032874

Mapcode National: GBR FXW.YTV

Mapcode Global: VHFNP.L1PM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 700m east of Oundle Lodge

Scheduled Date: 1 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012145

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17125

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Oundle

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Oundlew Ashton

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough


The monument is situated on low-lying ground on the west bank of the River
Nene and includes a bowl barrow.
The top of the earthen mound has been reduced in size by ploughing but is
still visible as a slight earthwork. The remainder of the mound survives as a
buried feature beneath alluvial cover. Although not visible at ground level, a
ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but
survives as a buried feature, approximately 3m wide. The maximum diameter of
the barrow is believed to be 30m. There are references which suggest that the
barrow was originally encircled by a limestone kerb.
Documentary sources indicate that several Bronze Age artefacts were recovered
from a barrow located near to Oundle during the late 19th century, and these
may have originated at this site.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 5 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 modern ploughing, the bowl barrow located 700m east of Oundle Lodge
survives well as a buried feature and is one of a small number of Bronze Age
monuments which have been identified in the area. Archaeological deposits will
survive within the burial mound and upon the old land surface below it
providing information on the burial activities and customs of the period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, , The County of Northamptonshire, (1975), 70-1
Hall, David, SMR Record 2372/0/1, (1982)

Source: Historic England

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