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Bowl barrow 240m north of Mere Down Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Mere, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1139 / 51°6'50"N

Longitude: -2.2404 / 2°14'25"W

OS Eastings: 383268.730889

OS Northings: 134983.405584

OS Grid: ST832349

Mapcode National: GBR 1W8.4DL

Mapcode Global: VH981.38YF

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 240m north of Mere Down Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 October 1955

Last Amended: 23 February 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017698

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26867

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Mere

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Mere St Michael the Archangel

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow, lying close to the crest of a flat topped
ridge 240m north of Mere Down Farm.
The barrow has a mound 14m in diameter and 0.4m high, surrounded by a quarry
ditch from which material was excavated during its construction. This has
become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature about 2m wide.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

The bowl barrow 240m north of Mere Down Farm, despite being reduced in height
by ploughing, is a comparatively well preserved example of its class and will
contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs,
economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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