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Bowl barrow at east end of Morgan's Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Bishops Cannings, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4043 / 51°24'15"N

Longitude: -1.9518 / 1°57'6"W

OS Eastings: 403448.408505

OS Northings: 167255.147224

OS Grid: SU034672

Mapcode National: GBR 3VM.Z74

Mapcode Global: VHB43.4Y0T

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at east end of Morgan's Hill

Scheduled Date: 16 July 1956

Last Amended: 18 January 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013070

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12174

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

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a ridge top at the eastern
end of Morgan's Hill in an area of undulating chalk downland. The
barrow mound stands to a height of 0.5m and is 20m in diameter. It is
visible from some distance both as a low earthwork and as an area of
lighter soil. Surrounding the mound, but no longer visible at ground
level, is a ditch c.3m wide from which the mound material was quarried.

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.

Despite damage due to cultivation, much of the Morgan's Hill bowl
barrow remains intact and has significant archaeological potential.
The presence of numerous other barrows and additional evidence for
contemporary settlement in the area of Bishop's Cannings Down provide
a clear indication of the intensity with which the area was settled
during the Bronze Age, further enhancing the importance of the
monument.

Source: Historic England

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