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Wyck Beacon bowl barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Upper Rissington, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8853 / 51°53'6"N

Longitude: -1.708 / 1°42'28"W

OS Eastings: 420191.602092

OS Northings: 220783.246225

OS Grid: SP201207

Mapcode National: GBR 4QH.M11

Mapcode Global: VHBZC.BWW4

Entry Name: Wyck Beacon bowl barrow

Scheduled Date: 17 June 1948

Last Amended: 21 January 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016529

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31931

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Upper Rissington

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Wyck Rissington St Laurence

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow lying on level ground on the crest of a
hill in the Cotswolds. The barrow has a mound which measures 24m in diameter,
and is about 2.5m high. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch,
from which material was quarried during the barrow's construction, will
surround the mound, surviving as a buried feature about 2m wide.
Excluded from the scheduling is an Ordnance Survey Trigonometry Point which
stands on the northern side of the mound, although the ground beneath it is

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 at Wyck Beacon survives well and will contain archaeological
information and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
O`Neil, H E, Grinsell, L V, 'Proc of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Arch Soc' in Gloucestershire Barrows, , Vol. LXXIX, (1960), 10-144

Source: Historic England

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