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Boughton bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Boughton, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.2861 / 52°17'9"N

Longitude: -0.9062 / 0°54'22"W

OS Eastings: 474708.04293

OS Northings: 265890.640677

OS Grid: SP747658

Mapcode National: GBR BVN.RP6

Mapcode Global: VHDRS.7SSV

Entry Name: Boughton bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1975

Last Amended: 26 March 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013321

English Heritage Legacy ID: 13668

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Boughton

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Boughton St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough


Boughton bowl barrow lies on the west side of Boughton village, just to the
south of the road which runs from Boughton Hall to Boughton Mill.
This Bronze Age bowl barrow consists of a round mound standing 2m high and 20m
in diameter. Remains of a ditch approximately 2m wide can be traced around
the barrow mound. Trees and grass cover the barrow, which lies unploughed in
a cultivated field. In the 1970s, pottery and worked flints of Bronze Age
type were discovered in pits within the southern part of the field in which
the monument is located.

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

Source: Historic England


Northants Unit. Info from SMR records, Addison, Christine, Boughton Round Barrow, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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