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Bowl barrow 375m WNW of Easton Down Farm: part of a group of round barrows south of Easton Down

A Scheduled Monument in Winterslow, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1142 / 51°6'51"N

Longitude: -1.6703 / 1°40'13"W

OS Eastings: 423175.274916

OS Northings: 135039.774932

OS Grid: SU231350

Mapcode National: GBR 62B.4HS

Mapcode Global: VHC38.08B6

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 375m WNW of Easton Down Farm: part of a group of round barrows south of Easton Down

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014099

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26767

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Winterslow

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Winterslow All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow lying on a gentle south facing slope at
the southern edge of Easton Down.
The barrow has a low mound 22m in diameter and 0.3m high. Although no surface
indication of the ditch surrounding the mound can be seen it will survive as a
buried feature c.3m wide.
Excluded from the scheduling is the archaeological site marker which lies in
the centre of the barrow and all fence posts, although the ground beneath them
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 375m WNW of Easton Down Farm will contain archaeological
remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and
environment. This is one of a group of barrows to survive locally.

Source: Historic England

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