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Bowl barrow on Tilshead Down, 950m north west of Copehill Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Tilshead, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2214 / 51°13'17"N

Longitude: -1.9677 / 1°58'3"W

OS Eastings: 402348.043487

OS Northings: 146912.40824

OS Grid: SU023469

Mapcode National: GBR 3XY.7BT

Mapcode Global: VHB51.VK3J

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Tilshead Down, 950m north west of Copehill Plantation

Scheduled Date: 11 February 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019327

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31196

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Tilshead

Built-Up Area: Tilshead

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Salisbury Plain

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated immediately below the crest of a
downland spur on Tilshead Down, 50m to the north of the junction between an
extensive linear boundary earthwork and a large earthern long barrow, which
are the subject of a separate scheduling.
The bowl barrow has a mound 8m in diameter and 0.2m high and is surrounded by
a quarry ditch 2m wide. This has largely become infilled over the years but is
still visible on the east side and will survive as a buried feature elsewhere
around the mound.

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

Apart from some cultivation erosion the bowl barrow on Tilshead Down, 950m
north west of Copehill Plantation, appears undisturbed and will contain
archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy
and environment.

Source: Historic England

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