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Bowl barrow on Bill Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Bracknell, Bracknell Forest

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Latitude: 51.4078 / 51°24'28"N

Longitude: -0.7529 / 0°45'10"W

OS Eastings: 486839.174953

OS Northings: 168383.124325

OS Grid: SU868683

Mapcode National: GBR D7V.NGS

Mapcode Global: VHDX3.WWV4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Bill Hill

Scheduled Date: 16 January 1951

Last Amended: 7 February 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012921

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12077

County: Bracknell Forest

Civil Parish: Bracknell

Built-Up Area: Bracknell

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Easthampstead

Church of England Diocese: Oxford


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on top of Bill Hill, a steep-
sided hill with extensive views in all directions. The mound survives to a
height of 1.5m and has a maximum diameter of 25m. It is surrounded by a
ditch, from which mound material was quarried. This has been largely infilled
over the years but survives to a width of 5m and a depth of 0.2m.
A pronounced depression on the top of the barrow mound may indicate an early
exploration of the site.

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 Bill Hill barrow is important as much of the monument, in particular the
ditch deposits and buried ground surface, survives well and, despite partial
excavation, has considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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