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Bowl barrow at Otford Mount

A Scheduled Monument in Otford, Kent

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Latitude: 51.3153 / 51°18'55"N

Longitude: 0.2061 / 0°12'22"E

OS Eastings: 553843.45

OS Northings: 159665.788198

OS Grid: TQ538596

Mapcode National: GBR TX.W3J

Mapcode Global: VHHPL.J6BJ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at Otford Mount

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007986

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23017

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Otford

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Otford St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Rochester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a ridge facing
south-west in an area of undulating chalk downland. The barrow has a mound
20m in diameter and 1m high surrounded by a ditch from which material was
quarried during the construction of the monument. Having become partially
infilled over the years, the ditch is now only visible as a slight depression
to the south-west of the mound; the remainder survives as a buried feature
c.3m wide. The barrow was recorded as 'Stumleburgh' in a land grant of 1289.

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 at Otford Mount survives well and contains both archaeological
remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape
in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


TQ 55 NW 5, (1964)

Source: Historic England

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