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Bowl barrow 750m south west of Beckhampton Buildings forming part of a round barrow cemetery on North Down

A Scheduled Monument in Bishops Cannings, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4076 / 51°24'27"N

Longitude: -1.9051 / 1°54'18"W

OS Eastings: 406694.928221

OS Northings: 167622.906

OS Grid: SU066676

Mapcode National: GBR 3VP.R50

Mapcode Global: VHB43.XWP9

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 750m south west of Beckhampton Buildings forming part of a round barrow cemetery on North Down

Scheduled Date: 10 March 1925

Last Amended: 13 September 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013240

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21862

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 Bronze Age bowl barrow 750m south west of Beckhampton
Buildings. The barrow mound forms part of a dispersed round barrow cemetery
which includes at least 24 barrows. This is one of a number of cemeteries
located on the Downs.
The barrow has a mound which has been partially reduced by cultivation but
survives as a visible earthwork measuring 30m in diameter and standing up to
0.6m high at its centre. Originally, the mound was surrounded by an open
quarry ditch from which material was obtained during its construction. This
has become infilled over the years and is no longer visible at ground level
but will survive as a buried feature c.2.5m wide.

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

A small number of areas in southern England appear to have acted as foci for
ceremonial and ritual activity during the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age
periods. Two of the best known and earliest recognised, with references in the
17th century, are around Avebury and Stonehenge, now jointly designated as a
World Heritage Site. In the Avebury area, the henge monument itself, the West
Kennet Avenue, the Sanctuary, West Kennet long barrow, Windmill Hill
causewayed enclosure and the enigmatic Silbury Hill are well-known. Whilst the
other Neolithic long barrows, the many Bronze Age round barrows and other
associated sites are less well-known, together they define one of the richest
and most varied areas of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial and ritual
monuments in the country. Round barrow cemeteries date to the Bronze Age
(2000-700 BC). They comprise closely-spaced groups of up to 30 round barrows -
rubble or earthen mounds covering single or multiple burials. Most cemeteries
developed over a considerable period of time, often many centuries, and in
some cases acted as a focus for burials as late as the early medieval period.
They exhibit considerable diversity of burial rite, plan and form, frequently
including several different types of round barrow and occasionally associated
with earlier long barrows. Where investigation beyond the round barrows has
occurred, contemporary or later `flat' burials between the barrow mounds have
often been revealed. Round barrow cemeteries occur across most of lowland
England with a marked concentration in Wessex. In some cases they are
clustered around other important contemporary monuments, as is the case both
here and at Stonehenge. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major
historic element in the modern landscape, while their diversity and their
longevity as a monument type provide important information on the variety of
beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. All
examples are considered worthy of protection.

The bowl barrow 750m south west of Beckhampton Buildings survives well despite
partial reduction by cultivation and will contain archaeological and
environmental evidence relating to its construction and the landscape in which
it was built.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
SU06NE 727, C.A.O., Bowl barrow, (1980)

Source: Historic England

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