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Bowl barrow 530m north east of Roe's Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Cogenhoe and Whiston, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.244 / 52°14'38"N

Longitude: -0.7707 / 0°46'14"W

OS Eastings: 484028.528103

OS Northings: 261358.046754

OS Grid: SP840613

Mapcode National: GBR CXR.9Z4

Mapcode Global: VHDS1.LVFM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 530m north east of Roe's Farm

Scheduled Date: 31 August 1995

Last Amended: 1 August 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014934

English Heritage Legacy ID: 17135

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Cogenhoe and Whiston

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Cogenhoe St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough


The monument includes a bowl barrow located 530m north east of Rose Farm on
low-lying ground to the south of the River Nene.
It is visible as a flat-topped circular mound up to 0.5m high and 26m in
diameter. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which
material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the
mound. This has become infilled over the years, but it has been identified on
aerial photographs and survives as a buried feature, approximately 5m wide.
The ditch is included in the scheduling.

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 located 530m north east of Rose Farm survives well and is one
of only several examples of this type of monument which have been identified
in the area. Archaeological deposits will survive within the burial mound and
upon the old landsurface below providing information for burial activities and
burial customs of the period, and for the environment in which the barrow was

Source: Historic England

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