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Hackpen Hill bowl barrow 525m south of Sincombe Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Childrey, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.5645 / 51°33'52"N

Longitude: -1.495 / 1°29'41"W

OS Eastings: 435103.125022

OS Northings: 185184.31768

OS Grid: SU351851

Mapcode National: GBR 6Y9.T0H

Mapcode Global: VHC11.1YJ2

Entry Name: Hackpen Hill bowl barrow 525m south of Sincombe Farm

Scheduled Date: 8 January 1971

Last Amended: 2 December 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018718

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28191

County: Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Childrey

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated 525m south of Sincombe
Farm on Hackpen Hill, a south west to north east aligned ridge. The barrow
mound survives as an upstanding earthwork measuring approximately 21m in
diameter and standing up to 1.4m high. There is a concave depression in the
summit of the mound typical of those caused by antiquarian investigations,
although no details of these are known. The mound is surrounded by a quarry
ditch from which material was obtained during its construction. This has
become largely infilled over the years but can still be seen as a slight
depression approximately 3m wide, particularly visible on the western side.

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 Hackpen Hill bowl barrow survives well despite partial plough clipping in
the past and forms an important feature in the landscape. It will contain
archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction and the
landscape in which it was built.

Source: Historic England


Title: Ordnance Survey 1:10000 Series
Source Date: 1980
SU 38 NE

Source: Historic England

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