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Bowl barrow on the south east corner of Larkhill Race Course

A Scheduled Monument in Figheldean, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2127 / 51°12'45"N

Longitude: -1.8107 / 1°48'38"W

OS Eastings: 413321.082521

OS Northings: 145957.561874

OS Grid: SU133459

Mapcode National: GBR 4ZG.YWT

Mapcode Global: VHB54.KSM7

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on the south east corner of Larkhill Race Course

Scheduled Date: 21 January 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018625

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31189

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Figheldean

Built-Up Area: Larkhill

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Figheldean St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow which lies on a gentle north facing slope
at the south east corner of Larkhill Race Course. The barrow has a mound 19m
in diameter and 0.7m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch 3m wide from
which material was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is
clearly visible on the east side and will survive elsewhere as a buried
The fence posts that cross the monument are excluded from the scheduling,
although the ground beneath them 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. Their considerable variation
of form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the
variety of beliefs and social organisation 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 on the south east corner of Larkhill Race Course 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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