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Bowl barrow 620m south west of Sezincote

A Scheduled Monument in Sezincote, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.9735 / 51°58'24"N

Longitude: -1.7569 / 1°45'24"W

OS Eastings: 416796.595901

OS Northings: 230582.168228

OS Grid: SP167305

Mapcode National: GBR 4PG.6MZ

Mapcode Global: VHB1H.HNKH

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 620m south west of Sezincote

Scheduled Date: 25 February 1948

Last Amended: 23 April 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018153

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28858

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Sezincote

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Longborough with Sezincote

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow just below the crest of an east-facing
hillside in the Cotswolds.
The barrow has a mound which measures 20m east-west, 22m north-south and is
about 2m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was
excavated during the construction of the barrow. This can no longer be seen at
ground level, but survives as a buried feature about 3m wide. The top of the
barrow is flattened and uneven with a depression in the top which measures 2m
in diameter and is 0.2m deep. This is thought to be the result of unrecorded
excavation in the past.
The post and wire fence which borders the barrow mound on its west side is
excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath this is included.

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 disturbed, the bowl barrow 620m south west of Sezincote
survives well and will contain archaeological information and environmental
evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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