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Bowl barrow 380m west of St Michael's Church

A Scheduled Monument in Buslingthorpe, Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.3518 / 53°21'6"N

Longitude: -0.3855 / 0°23'7"W

OS Eastings: 507563.683412

OS Northings: 385092.388664

OS Grid: TF075850

Mapcode National: GBR TYRP.B6

Mapcode Global: WHGHP.10QS

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 380m west of St Michael's Church

Scheduled Date: 21 January 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018841

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29744

County: Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Buslingthorpe

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Faldingworth All Saints with Buslingthorpe St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow situated 380m west of
St Michael's Church in a prominent location on a broad, low plateau above a
tributary of the Barlings Eau.
The barrow mound is roughly circular, measuring about 15m in diameter and
standing to a height of about 1.3m. The sides slope gently to a flattened
summit which has been slightly disturbed by children in recent years. This
disturbance resulted in two small hollows but the barrow and its funerary
deposits are believed to be otherwise intact.
Traces of a partly infilled ditch from which material for the mound would have
been quarried, can be seen to the north and south. Elsewhere, ploughing has
obscured the ditch circuit but its remains are thought to survive beneath the
present ground surface.
The barrow's position on the parish boundary suggests that its survival as a
significant earthwork is due to its past importance as a territorial landmark.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 5 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 380m west of St Michael's Church survives largely intact as a
prominent landscape feature. Archaeological deposits including human remains
will be preserved within and beneath the mound and in the fills of the buried
ditch. These will provide valuable evidence relating to the date of
construction of the monument, its period of use and the lifestyle and
religious practices of its builders. Environmental evidence retained in the
same contexts may illustrate the nature of the landscape in which the monument
was set.

Source: Historic England


oblique monochrome prints, St Joseph J K, LH 94-5, (1953)

Source: Historic England

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