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Bowl barrow, known as New Seal Wood barrow, 70m north east of Clements Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Miserden, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.7919 / 51°47'30"N

Longitude: -2.1059 / 2°6'21"W

OS Eastings: 392791.713908

OS Northings: 210361.285222

OS Grid: SO927103

Mapcode National: GBR 2NG.ND8

Mapcode Global: VH94T.G716

Entry Name: Bowl barrow, known as New Seal Wood barrow, 70m north east of Clements Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 August 1948

Last Amended: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016871

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32355

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Miserden

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Miserden St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow known as New Seal Wood barrow on the crest
of a hill in the Cotswolds.
The barrow mound measures 24m in diameter and is 4m high on the north side and
2.5m high on the south. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material
was excavated for the construction of the barrow. The ditch is no longer
visible at ground level, but will survive as a buried feature about 3m wide.
There is a large depression in the top of the mound which is thought to be the
result of unrecorded excavations in the past.

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 barrow 70m north east of Clements Farm survives well, despite limited
disturbance from unrecorded excavation, with a prominent mound. The mound will
contain evidence for primary and secondary burials, along with grave goods,
which will provide information about prehistoric funerary practices and the
local community at that time. The mound will also preserve environmental
information in the buried original ground surface, providing evidence for the
landscape at the time of the barrows construction. In addition, the mound and
its surrounding ditch will contain environmental evidence in the form of
organic remains, which will relate both to the barrow and the wider landscape.

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), 125

Source: Historic England

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