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Bowl barrow 330m north west of Lodge Park

A Scheduled Monument in Sherborne, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.8109 / 51°48'39"N

Longitude: -1.7937 / 1°47'37"W

OS Eastings: 414318.51207

OS Northings: 212492.280752

OS Grid: SP143124

Mapcode National: GBR 4RB.HB2

Mapcode Global: VHB27.VRL4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 330m north west of Lodge Park

Scheduled Date: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019406

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32333

County: Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Sherborne

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Farmington St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester


The monument includes a bowl barrow lying 100m to the south east of a long
barrow (the subject of a separate scheduling), just below the crest of a hill
in the Cotswolds. The barrow has a mound measuring 16m in diameter and between
0.5m and 0.6m in height. The surrounding ditch is most clearly visible to the
west of the mound, where it survives to between 2m and 3m in width and about
0.1m deep, with the indication of an external bank. There is no evidence that
the barrow has been excavated in the past.

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 bowl barrow 330m north west of Lodge Park survives well, with no evidence
for disturbance. The mound will contain evidence for primary and secondary
burials, along with grave goods, which will provide information about
prehistoric burials and about the size of the local community at that time.
The mound will also preserve environmental information in the buried original
ground surface, predating the construction of the barrow and giving insight
into the landscape in which the monument was set. The mound and its
surrounding ditch will contain environmental evidence in the form of organic

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
O`Neil, H E, Grinsell, L V, 'Proc of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Arch Soc' in Gloucestershire Barrows, , Vol. LXXIX, (1960), 113

Source: Historic England

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