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Bowl barrow 530m north of Langdon Abbey

A Scheduled Monument in Langdon, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1793 / 51°10'45"N

Longitude: 1.3279 / 1°19'40"E

OS Eastings: 632689.13955

OS Northings: 147492.500045

OS Grid: TR326474

Mapcode National: GBR X27.SNM

Mapcode Global: VHLH4.YMVB

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 530m north of Langdon Abbey

Scheduled Date: 26 August 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009019

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25459

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Langdon

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a chalk rise in the south
eastern foothills of the Kent Downs.
The barrow has a circular mound 23m in diameter and surviving to a height of
c.0.75m, surrounded by a ditch from which material used to construct the
barrow was excavated. The ditch has become infilled over the years, but is
visible on aerial photographs as a dark ring, indicating that it survives as a
buried feature c.4.5m wide.
The barrow is believed to have been partially excavated by antiquarians during
the 19th century.

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 some disturbance by ploughing and partial excavation, the bowl barrow
530m north of Langdon Abbey survives comparatively well and will contain
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.
Situated close to the barrow is a possible Springfield style enclosure and a
group of associated prehistoric linear ditches. These monuments are broadly
contemporary and their close association will provide evidence for the
relationship between settlement, ceremonial and burial practices during the
period of their construction and use.

Source: Historic England


MAL/78005, NMR, 7517, (1978)
RCHM(E), TR 34 NW 13,

Source: Historic England

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