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Bowl barrow on King's Play Hill 510m north of Hill Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Heddington, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.3939 / 51°23'37"N

Longitude: -1.9872 / 1°59'13"W

OS Eastings: 400987.253449

OS Northings: 166092.025234

OS Grid: SU009660

Mapcode National: GBR 2TG.GF0

Mapcode Global: VHB48.H7T9

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on King's Play Hill 510m north of Hill Cottage

Scheduled Date: 20 August 1924

Last Amended: 8 April 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015691

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30451

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Heddington

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Heddington St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on the crest of King's Play Hill. It
has dimensions of c.10m in diameter and is 0.5m in height. Although no longer
visible at ground level, a ditch from which material was quarried during the
monument's construction, will flank the mound on the uphill-eastern side. It
is likely that a scarp would have been created on the downhill side, although
this has since been obscured by soil movement down the slope.
A second bowl barrow and a long barrow also on King's Play Hill are the
subject of separate schedulings.

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

This barrow on King's Play Hill survives comparatively well and will retain
evidence for its construction and use.

Source: Historic England

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