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Bowl barrow 200m east of Oxhanger Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Chute, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2944 / 51°17'39"N

Longitude: -1.5896 / 1°35'22"W

OS Eastings: 428708.005223

OS Northings: 155107.014795

OS Grid: SU287551

Mapcode National: GBR 604.T2N

Mapcode Global: VHC2B.DQGL

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 200m east of Oxhanger Wood

Scheduled Date: 10 April 1957

Last Amended: 7 March 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013046

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12178

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Chute

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a prominent hill-top with
extensive views in all directions except to the north. The barrow
mound is 2m high and has a diameter of 25m. A ditch, from which the
mound material was quarried, surrounds the barrow mound. This has
filled in over the years and is no longer visible at ground level. It
does, however, survive as a buried feature c.3m wide.
Finds of burnt flint recorded in surrounding fields suggest occupation
remains, broadly contemporary with the barrow, in the immediate area.

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

There is no evidence for formal excavation of the Oxhanger Wood
monument and the site has considerable archaeological potential. The
importance of the monument is enhanced by the recovery of what is
believed to be evidence for contemporary settlement in surrounding

Source: Historic England

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