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Bowl barrow 450m south-west of Savernake Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Savernake, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.3962 / 51°23'46"N

Longitude: -1.6704 / 1°40'13"W

OS Eastings: 423029.76133

OS Northings: 166406.08867

OS Grid: SU230664

Mapcode National: GBR 5YV.JHG

Mapcode Global: VHC1X.059H

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m south-west of Savernake Lodge

Scheduled Date: 14 July 1958

Last Amended: 31 July 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013314

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12218

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Savernake

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a gentle south-facing slope. The
barrow mound is 40m in diameter and stands to a height of 1.5m. Surrounding
the barrow mound is a ditch 2m wide from which material was quarried during
the construction of the barrow mound. This survives as an earthwork 0.1m
deep on the north side of the mound, and as a buried feature elsewhere. A
slight depression in the centre of the mound suggests the site may once have
been excavated, probably in the late 19th century.

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

Despite evidence for partial excavation of the Savernake Lodge site, much
of it remains intact and survives comparatively well. It therefore has
significant potential for the recovery of archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England

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