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Bowl barrow and length of field boundary on Peaked Hill, 440m south-west of East Boldre Vicarage

A Scheduled Monument in East Boldre, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.7925 / 50°47'33"N

Longitude: -1.4867 / 1°29'12"W

OS Eastings: 436273.50785

OS Northings: 99344.993827

OS Grid: SZ362993

Mapcode National: GBR 77S.8XQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 76SZ.SR3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow and length of field boundary on Peaked Hill, 440m south-west of East Boldre Vicarage

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1971

Last Amended: 3 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008764

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20322

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: East Boldre

Built-Up Area: East Boldre

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: East Boldre St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heath overlooking
Shipton Holmes. The steep sided barrow mound measures 8m in diameter and
stands up to 0.8m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material
was quarried during the construction of the barrow. This has become partly
infilled over the years, but survives as a slight earthwork 1m wide and 0.1m
The bowl barrow lies in what is thought to be a post-medieval relict field
system and an east-to-west trending boundary bank forming part of the field
system passes across the monument within 1m of the northern edge of the mound.

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 on Peaked Hill, 440m south-west of East Boldre Vicarage
survives comparatively well within the New Forest, an area known to have been
important in terms of lowland Bronze Age occupation. A considerable amount of
archaeological evidence has survived in this area because of a lack of
agricultural activity, the result of later climatic deterioration, development
of heath and the establishment of a Royal Forest.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938), 362

Source: Historic England

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