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Bowl barrow 570m north east of Slipe Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Newborough, Peterborough

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Latitude: 52.6372 / 52°38'13"N

Longitude: -0.1549 / 0°9'17"W

OS Eastings: 524953.033222

OS Northings: 305976.8724

OS Grid: TF249059

Mapcode National: GBR HZ1.PN4

Mapcode Global: WHHN6.LZF5

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 570m north east of Slipe Farm

Scheduled Date: 26 November 2004

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1021303

English Heritage Legacy ID: 33377

County: Peterborough

Civil Parish: Newborough

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Eye St Matthew

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated approximately 570m north east of
Slipe Farm. The barrow has been covered and protected by later deposits of
marine clay and peat, from which the mound emerges. It is visible as a slight
gravel rise approximately 0.2m high and 26m in diameter. Several pieces of
ploughed up worked flint have been found on top of the mound. The deeper
lying remains of the barrow are preserved underneath the Fen deposits and
include an encircling ditch, from which earth was dug in the construction of
the mound. Although this has become infilled over the years, it survives as a
buried feature and is visible as a dark soilmark approximately 5m wide. The
barrow is situated on a gravel peninsula along the prehistoric Fen edge, a
location that with its mixture of wetter and drier grounds and easy access
along the waterways attracted prehistoric activity. The monument is part of a
diffuse barrow landscape at Eye and Thorney, other elements of which are
subject to separate schedulings.

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 570m north east of Slipe Farm is well preserved, having been
protected by overlying deposits of peat and clay. It will contain a wealth of
information relating to the barrow's construction, the manner and duration of
its use, as well as ritual and domestic activity on the site. Buried soils
underneath the mound will retain valuable archaeological evidence concerning
landuse in the area prior to the construction of the barrow, while organic
deposits preserved in the ditch will shed light on environmental conditions
(eg climate, flora and fauna) since the construction of the barrow. The
monument has additional importance as part of a diffuse barrow landscape at
Eye and Thorney.

Source: Historic England

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