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Bowl barrow 550m south east of Abbots Ripton Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3809 / 52°22'51"N

Longitude: -0.1734 / 0°10'24"W

OS Eastings: 524426.216671

OS Northings: 277441.807598

OS Grid: TL244774

Mapcode National: GBR J23.QZB

Mapcode Global: VHGLP.YF65

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 550m south east of Abbots Ripton Hall

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1925

Last Amended: 6 October 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017329

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33354

County: Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Abbots Ripton

Traditional County: Huntingdonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Abbots Ripton with Wood Walton

Church of England Diocese: Ely


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated 550m south east of Abbots Ripton
Hall. The barrow is situated on a slight slope with good visibility in all
directions. The mound is preserved as a prominent earthwork and covers an area
of approximately 19m in diameter. Its height varies between 1m and 1.5m. The
encircling ditch, from which earth was dug in the construction of the mound,
is visible as a shallow depression on the north and west where it is
approximately 4m wide; elsewhere it will survive as a buried feature of
similar width. Local tradition suggests that this barrow may have served as a
mill mound in the medieval period.

The fences on the south side of the mound are excluded from the scheduling,
although the ground beneath these features is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 3 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 550m south east of Abbots Ripton Hall survives as a
substantial earthwork with associated buried features. It is exceptionally
well preserved. The reuse of the mound during the medieval period indicates
its continued importance as a local landmark. As the barrow does not appear to
have been excavated, archaeological deposits are expected to survive largely
intact with the potential for the recovery of valuable artefactual and
ecological evidence for over 4000 years of human activity.

Source: Historic England

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