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Bowl barrow 60m east of Roundway Hill Covert

A Scheduled Monument in Roundway, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.3763 / 51°22'34"N

Longitude: -1.9937 / 1°59'37"W

OS Eastings: 400532.822404

OS Northings: 164139.746993

OS Grid: SU005641

Mapcode National: GBR 2TN.LRF

Mapcode Global: VHB48.DNCS

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 60m east of Roundway Hill Covert

Scheduled Date: 18 July 1955

Last Amended: 8 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012298

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12220

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Roundway

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a local promontory above a steep
west-facing escarpment. The barrow mound is 35m in diameter and stands to a
height of 1.5m. Surrounding the barrow mound is a ditch from which material
was quarried during construction of the mound. This is no longer visible at
ground level but survives as a buried feature c.3m wide. The monument was
partially excavated in 1883 and flint artefacts were found in the area of
the monument in 1907.

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 Roundway Hill Covert barrow mound and
cultivation of the site, much of the monument remains intact and has
significant potential for the recovery of archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine' in Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine: Volume 22, , Vol. 22, (), 340

Source: Historic England

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