Bowl Barrow 200m Se of Horseley Fen Farm


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Bronze Age

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

District Council

Fenland District Council



Parliamentary Constituency

North East Cambridgeshire

Grid Reference

OV410410 (541005, 282752)

WGS84 Coordinates

52.4242, 0.0739243

Nearest Postcode

PE16 6XA

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The remains of a bowl barrow encircled by three concentric ditches. It is located within Horseley Fen, a terrace of clayish gravels which stood above the peat fen during the early prehistoric period, but which was rendered uninhabitable by rising water levels from the early part of the first millenium BC. Over the years the mound overlying the central burials has been reduced in height by ploughing, and the surroundind ditches have become infilled. The ditches, however, survive as buried features which can be traced as cropmarks on aerial photographs. The outer ditch is slightly oval in plan and measures 55 metres north east to south west by 50 metres north west to south east. The middle ditch measures 40 metres in diameter and the inner circuit some 30 metres. All the ditches measure between 2 metres and 3 metres in width. The soil within the central area of the monument is somewhat lighter in colour than its surroundings, although this may in part result from the excavation of a small pit within the interior in the 1950's. Scheduled.

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