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Bowl barrow 850m north west of North Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Wanborough, Swindon

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Latitude: 51.5123 / 51°30'44"N

Longitude: -1.6464 / 1°38'47"W

OS Eastings: 424633.783662

OS Northings: 179326.436039

OS Grid: SU246793

Mapcode National: GBR 5XJ.4K5

Mapcode Global: VHC1B.D7ZZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 850m north west of North Farm

Scheduled Date: 7 May 1957

Last Amended: 29 January 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016381

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28947

County: Swindon

Civil Parish: Wanborough

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Lyddington and Wanborough

Church of England Diocese: Bristol


The monument includes a bowl barrow located 850m north west of North Farm,
south of the M4 motorway. The site is situated on the crest of a chalk
The mound of the barrow is 35m diameter, 1m high and is surrounded by a ditch
from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become
infilled over the years and survives as a buried feature 3m wide now visible
on aerial photographs.
A small scale excavation by A D Passmore in 1895 revealed a primary cremation
burial together with a bronze dagger and a flint arrowhead.

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 850m north west of North Farm survives comparatively well and
has been shown from a small scale excavation to 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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