Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Bowl barrow 850m south west of Sincombe Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Sparsholt, Oxfordshire

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 51.5647 / 51°33'53"N

Longitude: -1.5056 / 1°30'20"W

OS Eastings: 434365.80993

OS Northings: 185211.4816

OS Grid: SU343852

Mapcode National: GBR 6Y8.XV6

Mapcode Global: VHC10.VXDV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 850m south west of Sincombe Farm

Scheduled Date: 1 January 1971

Last Amended: 2 December 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016865

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28192

County: Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Sparsholt

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated 850m south west of
Sincombe Farm, immediately east of the Ridgeway ancient trackway west of
Hackpen Hill. The barrow mound survives as an upstanding earthwork measuring
approximately 23m in diameter and standing up to 1m high. Originally, the
mound was surrounded by an open quarry ditch from which material was obtained
during its construction. This has become infilled due to cultivation over the
years but survives as a buried feature measuring approximately 3m 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

The bowl barrow 850m south west of Sincombe Farm will contain archaeological
and environmental evidence relating to its construction and the landscape in
which it was built.

Source: Historic England


SU 38 NE, C.A.O., 1:10,000 Series, (1980)

Source: Historic England

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.