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Saucer barrow on North Down

A Scheduled Monument in Bishops Cannings, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.4107 / 51°24'38"N

Longitude: -1.9176 / 1°55'3"W

OS Eastings: 405826.82787

OS Northings: 167970.811

OS Grid: SU058679

Mapcode National: GBR 3VP.G0M

Mapcode Global: VHB43.QS3X

Entry Name: Saucer barrow on North Down

Scheduled Date: 16 July 1956

Last Amended: 22 April 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012627

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12163

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Bishops Cannings

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Bishop's Cannings and Etchilhampton St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a saucer barrow, surviving as a low earthwork,
and set on the gentle south-facing slope of a dry valley. The barrow
comprises a central mound c.15m in diameter and 0.1m high set on a
level platform and surrounded by a ditch, no longer visible at ground
level but surviving as a buried feature. Prior to cultivation, the
barrow mound was recorded as being 0.8m high and the ditch was
surrounded by an outer bank giving the barrow an overall diameter of

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

Saucer barrows are funerary monuments of the Early Bronze Age, most examples
dating to between 1800 and l200 BC. They occur either in isolation or in
barrow cemeteries (closely-spaced groups of round barrows). They were
constructed as a circular area of level ground defined by a bank and internal
ditch and largely occupied by a single low, squat mound covering one or more
burials, usually in a pit. The burials, either inhumations or cremations, are
sometimes accompanied by pottery vessels, tools and personal ornaments. Saucer
barrows are one of the rarest recognised forms of round barrow, with about 60
known examples nationally, most of which are in Wessex. The presence of grave
goods within the barrows provides important evidence for chronological and
cultural links amongst prehistoric communities over a wide area of southern
England as well as providing an insight into their beliefs and social
organisation. As a rare and fragile form of round barrow, all identified
saucer barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance.

The significance of the North Down saucer barrow is considerably
enhanced by the numerous barrows and additional evidence for
contemporary settlement in the area of Bishop's Cannings Down which
provide a clear indication of the intensity with which the area was
settled during the Bronze Age period. Despite damage, caused by
cultivation, the lack of evidence for any formal excavation indicates
that the barrow's primary burial, old ground surface and ditch
deposits are likely to survive intact. The monument therefore has
considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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