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Bowl barrow 250m north of Sevenbarrows House: Part of the Seven Barrows cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Lambourn, West Berkshire

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Latitude: 51.5463 / 51°32'46"N

Longitude: -1.5331 / 1°31'59"W

OS Eastings: 432474.615249

OS Northings: 183150.658919

OS Grid: SU324831

Mapcode National: GBR 6YF.WSH

Mapcode Global: VHC16.CDWF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 250m north of Sevenbarrows House: Part of the Seven Barrows cemetery

Scheduled Date: 21 March 1938

Last Amended: 10 July 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012424

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12242

County: West Berkshire

Civil Parish: Lambourn

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Lambourn

Church of England Diocese: Oxford


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on the floor of a dry valley in an
area of gently undulating chalk downland. The barrow mound is 35m in diameter
and stands to a height of 2m. A ditch, from which material was quarried
during construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has
been partly infilled over the years but survives as an earthwork 3m wide and
up to 0.5m deep.
The monument is an outlier to a wider barrow cemetery, the core of which is
some 350m to the east.

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 Sevenbarrows Farm barrow is important as it survives comparatively well
and, with no evidence for excavation of the site, has potential for the
recovery of archaeological remains. The significance of the site is
considerably enhanced by its inclusion within the `Seven Barrows' barrow
cemetery. Such groups give an indication of the intensity with which areas
were occupied during prehistory and provide evidence for the range of
beliefs and nature of social organisation in the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England

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