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Bowl barrow 940m north east of Wood Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Mere, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1088 / 51°6'31"N

Longitude: -2.2741 / 2°16'26"W

OS Eastings: 380905.870834

OS Northings: 134428.633753

OS Grid: ST809344

Mapcode National: GBR 0TX.FVG

Mapcode Global: VH980.JDM9

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 940m north east of Wood Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017708

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26862

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


The monument includes a ditched bowl barrow, lying in a prominent ridge top
position 940m north east of Wood Farm.
The barrow has a mound, 10m in diameter and 0.4m high, which has been
disturbed in the centre, possibly by an unrecorded antiquarian excavation.
Surrounding the mound is a quarry ditch from which material was excavated
during its construction. This is visible in places as a slight depression 2m

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

The bowl barrow 940m north east of Wood Farm is a comparatively well preserved
example of its class. Despite limited disturbance, the barrow will contain
archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy
and environment, and it forms an integral part of the formalised later
prehistoric landscape on Whitesheet Hill.

Source: Historic England

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