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Bowl barrow 400m south-east of Cadley Vicarage

A Scheduled Monument in Savernake, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.3919 / 51°23'30"N

Longitude: -1.6932 / 1°41'35"W

OS Eastings: 421442.878516

OS Northings: 165919.388367

OS Grid: SU214659

Mapcode National: GBR 4XH.QQG

Mapcode Global: VHC1W.L8QS

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m south-east of Cadley Vicarage

Scheduled Date: 14 December 1956

Last Amended: 4 September 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013099

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12216

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Savernake

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a gentle east-facing slope at the
head of a dry valley. The barrow mound is 23m in diameter and stands to a
height of 1m. The mound is steep-sided to the east but has a gentle profile
on its western side. Surrounding the barrow mound is a ditch from which
material was quarried during the construction of the mound. This survives
as an earthwork 3m wide and 0.3m deep.

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 near Cadley Vicarage and, despite
afforestation in the area of the monument, much of it remains intact and
therefore has significant potential for the recovery of archaeological
remains. The importance is enhanced by the occurrence of numerous other
barrow mounds in the immediate area. These give an indication of the extent
to which the area was settled during the Bronze Age period.

Source: Historic England

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