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Bowl barrow in Guiting Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9374 / 51°56'14"N

Longitude: -1.898 / 1°53'52"W

OS Eastings: 407108.451446

OS Northings: 226545.091805

OS Grid: SP071265

Mapcode National: GBR 3NB.DZ7

Mapcode Global: VHB1M.1KYN

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Guiting Wood

Scheduled Date: 25 February 1948

Last Amended: 20 July 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013288

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22061

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Temple Guiting

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Guiting Power St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow set below the crest of a hill on a
north facing slope above a tributary of the River Windrush.
The barrow has a mound which measures 16m in diameter and is c.1.5m 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 it survives as a buried feature c.3m wide.

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 in Guiting Wood 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


Books and journals
'Archaeology in Wales' in Archaeology in Wales, , Vol. 16, (), 25 & 36

Source: Historic England

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