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Bowl barrow 400m south-east of Culley's Farm Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Savernake, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.3801 / 51°22'48"N

Longitude: -1.7374 / 1°44'14"W

OS Eastings: 418371.517081

OS Northings: 164588.304001

OS Grid: SU183645

Mapcode National: GBR 4XM.KJM

Mapcode Global: VHB4D.TKVX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m south-east of Culley's Farm Cottages

Scheduled Date: 17 March 1932

Last Amended: 4 September 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012794

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12222

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Savernake

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on high ground sloping away to the
south and north. The barrow mound is 12m in diameter and stands to a height
of 1m. The ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction
of the monument, is visible as an earthwork 2m wide and 0.1m deep, on all
but the northern side of the mound where it survives as a buried feature.
The site was partially excavated in 1894 although no details are known. A
drain cover on the north side of the barrow mound and a hollow metal pipe at
the centre, as well as any further modern additions not visible on the
surface, are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is

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 Culley's Farm Cottages barrow mound and
more recent disturbance to the site, much of the monument remains intact and
survives comparatively well, including the ditch and buried ground surface.
It therefore has significant potential for the recovery of archaeological

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine' in Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine: Volume 28, (), 257

Source: Historic England

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