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Bowl barrow 560m north east of Lord's Hill Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Sutton Veny, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1582 / 51°9'29"N

Longitude: -2.1673 / 2°10'2"W

OS Eastings: 388396.824502

OS Northings: 139898.984

OS Grid: ST883398

Mapcode National: GBR 1VS.BW0

Mapcode Global: VH97W.D43Y

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 560m north east of Lord's Hill Farm

Scheduled Date: 14 February 1955

Last Amended: 16 April 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016674

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31674

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Sutton Veny

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: The Deverills and Horningsham

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated 560m north east of Lord's Hill
Farm on the steep south west facing slope of Cow Down, a chalk hill on the
eastern edge of the Wylye Valley.
The barrow includes a circular flat topped mound 17m in diameter. It is set
into the hillside and stands 2.5m higher than the lower slope and 1m higher
than the upper slope. A downcut area in the top 2m wide and 0.3m deep is
interpreted as an early attempt to excavate the barrow. The mound is
surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during its
construction. This has become infilled and survives as a buried feature 3m
The barrow stands immediately to the north west of a single lynchet which
forms part of a late prehistoric field system which has been reduced by
cultivation but is visible to the north and east in the form of soil marks.
These features are not included in the area of scheduling.
Another barrow, 500m to the NNW, is the subject of a separate scheduling.

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 560m north east of Lord's Hill Farm is well preserved and is a
good example of this type of monument. It will contain archaeological remains
and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which
it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire, (1957), 181 (2)

Source: Historic England

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