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Raunds bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3271 / 52°19'37"N

Longitude: -0.5892 / 0°35'21"W

OS Eastings: 496242.513896

OS Northings: 270824.430757

OS Grid: SP962708

Mapcode National: GBR DYC.1VS

Mapcode Global: VHFP6.QRWX

Entry Name: Raunds bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 18 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012452

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13676

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Irthlingborough

Built-Up Area: Irthlingborough

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Stanwick St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

Details

The barrow at Raunds is situated 500m to the north-west of Redlands Farm and
just to the north-east of a lake which is located on the western side of the
A605. It lies on low-lying ground in the valley of the River Nene. The
barrow consists of a low round mound which is 23m in diameter and 0.3m high.
Around the barrow mound there are traces of a ditch about 2m wide.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

This large bowl barrow, lying close to the valley floor, is essentially
undisturbed and will retain considerable potential for the preservation of
archaeological and environmental evidence.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Addison, C, SMR Records (1766/0/1), (1991)

Source: Historic England

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