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Bowl barrow 600m east of Upper Lanham Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Old Alresford, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.1269 / 51°7'36"N

Longitude: -1.1069 / 1°6'24"W

OS Eastings: 462593.528744

OS Northings: 136777.75085

OS Grid: SU625367

Mapcode National: GBR B86.8Z3

Mapcode Global: VHD0T.RYP0

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 600m east of Upper Lanham Farm

Scheduled Date: 27 August 1962

Last Amended: 30 March 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008224

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12143

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Old Alresford

Built-Up Area: New Alresford

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Old Alresford St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow surviving as a low earthwork and set below
the crest of a gentle south-facing slope. The barrow mound has a maximum
diameter of 35m and stands to a height of 1m. Surrounding the mound is a
ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This survives
as a buried feature, 5m wide.
The mound and ditch together have a diameter of 45m.

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

Despite having been reduced by cultivation over the years, the bowl barrow
600m east of Upper Lanham Farm survives comparatively well and will contain
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

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