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Bowl barrow 450m north west of St Guthlac's Church

A Scheduled Monument in Little Ponton and Stroxton, Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 52.883 / 52°52'58"N

Longitude: -0.6307 / 0°37'50"W

OS Eastings: 492242.198016

OS Northings: 332606.120059

OS Grid: SK922326

Mapcode National: GBR DQJ.9C8

Mapcode Global: WHGKP.8SYP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 450m north west of St Guthlac's Church

Scheduled Date: 20 February 1953

Last Amended: 14 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013900

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27863

County: Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Little Ponton and Stroxton

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Little Ponton St Guthlac

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a bowl barrow
located 80m above sea level on the western slope of the valley of the River
Witham. It is prominently situated on the crest of the slope, immediately to
the south of the northern field boundary hedge, some 150m east of the Great
North Road. The grassy mound has a rounded summit and gently sloping sides,
and shows no sign of any disturbance. It is c.50m in diameter and stands to a
height of approximately 2m above the surrounding pasture. Material for the
construction of the mound would have been quarried from an encircling ditch.
This ditch is no longer visible but is thought to survive buried beneath the
present ground surface.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 5 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 situated to the north west of St Guthlac's Church is a
prominent earthwork clearly visible from the public highway. Since it is
substantially undisturbed, valuable archaeological deposits, including
funerary remains, relating to the dating and construction of the barrow will
be preserved beneath the mound and in the fills of the ditch. These contexts
will also retain environmental evidence illustrating the nature of the
landscape in which the monument was set.

Source: Historic England

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