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Bowl barrow known as Nan Tow's Tump

A Scheduled Monument in Hillesley and Tresham, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.6024 / 51°36'8"N

Longitude: -2.2862 / 2°17'10"W

OS Eastings: 380274.697175

OS Northings: 189320.053544

OS Grid: ST802893

Mapcode National: GBR 0MW.JSP

Mapcode Global: VH95H.BZ7H

Entry Name: Bowl barrow known as Nan Tow's Tump

Scheduled Date: 19 January 1949

Last Amended: 24 September 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016076

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28843

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Hillesley and Tresham

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Didmarton St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow just off the crest of a north west-facing
hillside in the Cotswolds.
The barrow has a mound which measures approximately 30m south east-north west,
24m north east-south west, and is 4m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch
from which material was excavated during the construction of the barrow. This
can no longer be seen at ground level, but survives as a buried feature
approximately 3m wide. There is no evidence of the barrow having been
The drystone wall to the south of the mound is excluded from the scheduling,
but the ground beneath 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 known as `Nan Tow's Tump' is thought to be one of the largest
round barrows in the Cotswolds. It survives well and does not appear to have
been excavated. The barrow will contain archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it
was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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