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Bowl barrow 600m south west of the northernmost of The Druses

A Scheduled Monument in Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1148 / 51°6'53"N

Longitude: -2.2661 / 2°15'57"W

OS Eastings: 381470.18391

OS Northings: 135084.369967

OS Grid: ST814350

Mapcode National: GBR 0TX.3WN

Mapcode Global: VH980.N7WS

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 600m south west of the northernmost of The Druses

Scheduled Date: 26 October 1964

Last Amended: 24 September 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016299

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29776

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Mere St Michael the Archangel

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a south east slope immediately
below the crest of a ridge 600m south west of The Druses.
The barrow includes a mound 11m in diameter and 0.4m high, however this has
been much distorted by the plough particularly on the south side and now
exhibits a `D'- shaped appearance, 10m long by 6m wide. A hollow in the former
centre of the mound is probably the result of an unrecorded antiquarian
excavation. Although no longer visible on the surface, a ditch surrounds the
mound and will survive as a buried feature approximately 2m wide.

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 erosion and evidence for an antiquarian excavation, the bowl barrow
600m south west of the northernmost of The Druses will include archaeological
remains containing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and

Source: Historic England

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