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Bowl barrow 750m north east of Newmead Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1516 / 51°9'5"N

Longitude: -2.2576 / 2°15'27"W

OS Eastings: 382077.311554

OS Northings: 139179.794672

OS Grid: ST820391

Mapcode National: GBR 1VP.L1Y

Mapcode Global: VH97T.TBC1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 750m north east of Newmead Cottages

Scheduled Date: 13 October 1955

Last Amended: 23 February 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017701

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26826

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Maiden Bradley All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow 750m north east of Newmead Cottages. The
barrow, which lies on a south facing slope immediately below the crest of
Brimsdown Hill, includes a mound 12m in diameter and 0.6m high. This is
surrounded by a ditch from which material for its construction would have been
quarried. This has become infilled but survives as a buried feature 2m wide.
Approximately 15m south of the barrow are a series of irregular earthwork
platforms. Their date and function cannot be confirmed and they are not
included in the scheduling.

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 750m north east of Newmead Cottages 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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