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A pair of bowl barrows 225m south east of Boreham Mill

A Scheduled Monument in Warminster, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1951 / 51°11'42"N

Longitude: -2.1548 / 2°9'17"W

OS Eastings: 389275.314255

OS Northings: 143999.721152

OS Grid: ST892439

Mapcode National: GBR 1VF.214

Mapcode Global: VH97P.L7P5

Entry Name: A pair of bowl barrows 225m south east of Boreham Mill

Scheduled Date: 9 May 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019740

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34213

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Warminster

Built-Up Area: Warminster

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Bishopstrow St Aldhelm

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a pair of bowl barrows 225m south east of Boreham Mill
at the northern end of Bishopstrow, a village on the River Wylye to the south
east of Warminster. The barrows are on river gravels on the edge of the flood
plain of the river.
The western barrow is situated on the first terrace of the river, sloping to
the east. The mound measures 17m from east to west and 13m from north to south
and may have been truncated by a previous episode of cultivation. To the south
east it has also been truncated slightly by a drainage ditch. From the east
the mound is up to 1.5m high.
Some 25m to the east, the second barrow is on the flat flood plain of the
river. The mound is up to 1m high and measures 15m from east to west and 10m
from north to south; it is also truncated slightly.
Both mounds are surrounded by ditches from which material was quarried during
their construction. These have become infilled but will survive as buried
features about 3m wide.

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 pair of bowl barrows 225m south east of Boreham Mill survive well and are
good examples of an unusual low-lying group of barrows which line the Wylye
valley. The barrows will contain archaeological and environmental remains
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was built.

Source: Historic England

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