Neolithic or Bronze Age Round Barrow

Description of this historic site

A round barrow, a mound built to conceal a burial, probably of Bronze Age date. The barrow was recorded during archaeological fieldwork. It survives as an earthwork, 1.5 km south of Little Compton.

Notes about this historic site

1 In 1930 Crawford recorded a round cairn with five uprights in the corner of a thicket. This represents the remains of a round barrow, with a wall marking the Warw/Oxon county boundary running across the mound. In 1968 the Warw side had been ploughed out, while on the Oxon side the mound was still extant, with a central depression and two large boulders exposed against the wall. The site was surveyed in detail in 1971 (see ref 3). In 1977 the barrow was at least 6m in diameter and 0.6m high and there was no visible ditch. A tail about 5m long to the SE of the barrow probably represents traces of an earlier excavation.
3 The site was surveyed in 1971. On S side a shallow depression indicates a robbed area. Superficial examination of the humus within the central area produced two small fragments of human skull, two fragments of long bones which may be human, three struck flints and two very small fragments of pottery.
4 The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument which is associated with two other monuments, Chastleton Barrow (SM21791) and the remains of a long barrow (SM21792); both are in Oxfordshire.

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