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Bowl barrow 360m north-east of Moyles Court School

A Scheduled Monument in Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8789 / 50°52'44"N

Longitude: -1.7687 / 1°46'7"W

OS Eastings: 416368.326862

OS Northings: 108851.511359

OS Grid: SU163088

Mapcode National: GBR 53L.X7Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 765S.BR3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 360m north-east of Moyles Court School

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009033

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20291

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Hyde with Ellingham and Harbridge

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a west-facing
slope overlooking the valley of the River Avon. The barrow mound measures 16m
in diameter and stands up to 1.7m high. A large circular concrete pipe has
been set vertically into the top of the mound and the southern edge of the
monument has been clipped during afforestation. Surrounding the mound is the
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. This has become partly infilled over the years but survives as a
slight earthwork 1m wide and 0.1m deep on the north side of the mound and
exists as a buried feature elsewhere. The surrounding area was used during
the Second World War for training and various structures associated with this
activity still survive. The circular concrete pipe set vertically into the
top of the mound is excluded from the scheduling.

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 limited damage, the bowl barrow 360m north-east of Moyles Court School
survives comparatively well in 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), 359
Darvill, T, Monument Class Description (1988), 1988,

Source: Historic England

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