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Bowl barrow known as Money Tump

A Scheduled Monument in Bisley-with-Lypiatt, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.7417 / 51°44'30"N

Longitude: -2.1418 / 2°8'30"W

OS Eastings: 390301.627

OS Northings: 204789.6156

OS Grid: SO903047

Mapcode National: GBR 1MN.R9R

Mapcode Global: VH94Z.THK4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow known as Money Tump

Scheduled Date: 3 January 1949

Last Amended: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016874

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32360

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Bisley-with-Lypiatt

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: France Lynch St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow, known as Money Tump, on the top of a hill
in the Cotswolds. The barrow mound measures 28m in diameter and 1.5m high.
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 survives as a buried feature about 3m wide.
The remains of the wooden post and wire fence bordering the southern side of
the barrow is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it
is included.

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

Money Tump bowl barrow survives well as a prominent mound in an area of
considerable prehistoric activity, with two round barrows to the north west
and a third to the south east. 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 population at that time.
The barrow 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
Darvill, T C, Grinsell, L V, 'Trans. of the Bristol and Glos. Arch. Society' in Gloucestershire Barrows: Supplement 1961-1988, , Vol. CVII, (1989), 39

Source: Historic England

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