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Tump Barn bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Hawkesbury, South Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.5879 / 51°35'16"N

Longitude: -2.2792 / 2°16'45"W

OS Eastings: 380754.714425

OS Northings: 187708.079181

OS Grid: ST807877

Mapcode National: GBR 0N3.DLP

Mapcode Global: VH95P.FCY2

Entry Name: Tump Barn bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1949

Last Amended: 24 September 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016077

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28844

County: South Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Hawkesbury

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 on the midslope of an east-facing hillside
in the Cotswolds.
The barrow has a mound which measures 16m north-south and 19m east-west, and
is 1.5m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was
excavated during the construction of the barrow. This can be seen as a slight
depression approximately 2m wide, visible only on the west, upslope, side of
the barrow. The ditch will survive as a buried feature around the barrow. The
top of the mound is pitted; much of this is the result of animal damage, but
the possibility of unrecorded investigation in the past cannot be excluded.

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

Despite the mound being disturbed, there is no record of the barrow being
excavated and it will contain archaeological information and environmental
evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was

Source: Historic England

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