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Bowl barrow known as `Wagborough Bush round barrow' 100m south west of Manor Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9018 / 51°54'6"N

Longitude: -1.7837 / 1°47'1"W

OS Eastings: 414974.500001

OS Northings: 222610.901208

OS Grid: SP149226

Mapcode National: GBR 4Q5.RV1

Mapcode Global: VHB1W.1GCD

Entry Name: Bowl barrow known as `Wagborough Bush round barrow' 100m south west of Manor Farm

Scheduled Date: 16 June 1948

Last Amended: 10 July 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013286

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22059

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Upper Slaughter

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Upper Slaughter St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow just below the crest of a south east
facing hill between the Rivers Eye and Windrush.
The barrow has a mound which measures 25m in diameter and is c.1.7m high.
Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its
construction. This has become infilled over the years and can no longer be
seen at ground level, but survives as a buried feature c.4m wide.
The dry stone wall which surrounds the higher part of the mound and the post
and wire fence which crosses the ditch are excluded from the scheduling,
although the ground beneath both features is included.

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 bowl barrow known as `Wagborough Bush round barrow' survives well and will
contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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