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Everleigh Barrows

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


Everleigh Barrow Group

Details of Barrow Group on Pastscape

A Bronze Age round barrow cemetery on West Everleigh Down. The barrow cemetery comprises five barrows; two bell barrows, two bowl barrows and a disc barrow. Four of the barrows were excavated by J Thurnham between 1853 and 1857. Primary cremations were recorded in the two bell barrows. One of the bell barrows was also found to contain an intrusive Roman or Saxon inhumation. No structures or finds were recorded in the disc barrow and one of the bowl barrows. The other bowl barrow was now excavated. Ordnance Survey field investigations in April 1973 found that four of the barrows survived as earthworks, three of which were well preserved. One had been erased by ploughing.

(NB. The barrows originally recorded as part of this record have now been recorded individually, please see child records for details)

(SU 18425602) Everleigh Barrows (LB). (1)
A barrow cemetery comprising five bowl, bell and disc barrows. Excavations carried out by Thurnham located a single primary cremation in two of the barrows (Everleigh 1 and 2) one accompanied by grave goods. One of these barrows also had an intrusive Roman or Early Medieval burial. The remaining barrows proved to be unproductive. (2-3)
Four of the barrows survive as earthworks, the two bell barrows (Monument HOB UID 918546 - SU 15 NE 84 and HOB UID 918557 - SU 15 NE 85) and disc barrow (HOB UID 918569 -SU 15 NE 86) are well preserved. One of the bowl barrows (HOB UID 918572 - SU 15 NE 87) is in a poor condition. The other bowl barrow (HOB UID 918578 - SU 15 NE 88) has been erased by ploughing. (4)
The original barrow numbers were originally recorded by Goddard. (5)
Additional reference. (6)
Everleigh Barrows: A nucleated group of four barrows excavated in the 19th century. The two bell barrows produced cremations, this disc and bowl barrows were unproductive. (7)

( 1) Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) OS 6" Prov
( 2) edited by R B Pugh and Elizabeth Crittall 1957 A history of Wiltshire: volume 1, part 1 The Victoria history of the counties of England Page(s)174, 209
( 3) The Wiltshire archaeological and natural history magazine 6 (1859-60) Page(s)338
( 4) Field Investigators Comments F1 JWS 03-APR-1973
( 5) The Wiltshire archaeological and natural history magazine 38 (1913-14) Page(s)252
( 6) by Audrey Meaney 1964 A gazetteer of early Anglo-Saxon burial sites Page(s)267
( 7) Scheduled Monument Notification 04-JAN-1990
Chance Posted by Chance
9th August 2012ce

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