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Bowl barrow 500m west of The Row

A Scheduled Monument in Preshute, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.4347 / 51°26'5"N

Longitude: -1.7852 / 1°47'6"W

OS Eastings: 415027.670961

OS Northings: 170657.47801

OS Grid: SU150706

Mapcode National: GBR 4WS.ZDV

Mapcode Global: VHB46.06LG

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m west of The Row

Scheduled Date: 19 April 1956

Last Amended: 10 July 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012261

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12259

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Preshute

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a gentle south-facing slope in an
area of undulating chalk downland. The barrow mound survives as a low ovate
earthwork 0.7m high and measuring 10m from north to south and 20m from east
to west. Although no longer visible at ground level a ditch, from which
material was quarried during construction of the monument, surrounds the
mound. This has filled in over the years and now survives as a buried
feature c.3m 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

The barrow west of The Row survives well, apparently undisturbed by
excavation. It has high potential for the recovery of archaeological
evidence for the nature and duration of use of the monument and the
environment within which it was constructed. The importance of the monument
is enhanced by the fact that numerous other round barrows survive in the
area as well as additional evidence for contemporary settlement. This
illustrates the intensity with which the area was settled during the Bronze
Age period.

Source: Historic England

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