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Bowl barrow on Cold Kitchen Hill, 740m north east of Seagram's Barn

A Scheduled Monument in Kingston Deverill, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1426 / 51°8'33"N

Longitude: -2.2228 / 2°13'22"W

OS Eastings: 384510

OS Northings: 138173.03593

OS Grid: ST845381

Mapcode National: GBR 1VX.8TS

Mapcode Global: VH97V.FJ8X

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Cold Kitchen Hill, 740m north east of Seagram's Barn

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1927

Last Amended: 24 September 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016908

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31678

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Kingston Deverill

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 740m north east of Seagram's
Barn on Cold Kitchen Hill, a chalk ridge on the northern edge of the Wylye
Valley commanding extensive views to the south and north east.
The barrow comprises a mound 14m in diameter and 0.3m high surrounded by a
ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has
become infilled and survives as a buried feature 3m wide.
An additional bowl barrow to the east end and a long barrow to the north are
the subject of separate schedulings.

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

Despite having been spread by ploughing, the barrow 740m north east of
Seagram's Barn will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and to 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), 162

Source: Historic England

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