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Bowl barrow 470m south east of Druid's Head Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Stapleford, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1428 / 51°8'34"N

Longitude: -1.8741 / 1°52'26"W

OS Eastings: 408904.615013

OS Northings: 138175.125116

OS Grid: SU089381

Mapcode National: GBR 3Z1.70J

Mapcode Global: VHB5H.GJMT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 470m south east of Druid's Head Farm

Scheduled Date: 7 April 1955

Last Amended: 13 November 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015223

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28944

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Stapleford

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Stapleford St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow located 470m south east of Druids Head
Farm situated within an earthwork enclosure known as the South Kite. The
barrow mound is 13.5m in diameter, 0.6m high and is surrounded by a ditch from
which material was quarried during its construction. This has become infilled
over the years and now survives as a buried feature up to 2m wide, giving the
barrow an overall diameter of 17.5m. The barrow is 50m north west of a
further example which is the subject of a separate scheduling.
The earthwork enclosure known as the South Kite has been suggested as being
of prehistoric date although our current understanding of it does not allow
for positive interpretation and it is not part of this 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 470m south east of Druids Head Farm will contain
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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