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Bowl barrow at Vales Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Ringwood, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8326 / 50°49'57"N

Longitude: -1.7327 / 1°43'57"W

OS Eastings: 418918.272056

OS Northings: 103711.29312

OS Grid: SU189037

Mapcode National: GBR 547.LRT

Mapcode Global: FRA 768W.SXQ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at Vales Moor

Scheduled Date: 15 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009034

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20293

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Ringwood

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a prominent knoll in lowland
heath overlooking Strodgemoor Bottom. The barrow mound measures 21m in
diameter and stands up to 2.2m high. A slight hollow in the centre of the
mound suggests robbing or partial excavation. Surrounding the mound is a
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the barrow.
This has become partly infilled but survives as a slight earthwork 1.8m wide
and 0.3m deep.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Despite evidence for limited excavation, the bowl barrow at Vales Moor
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

Sources

Other
Hampshire County Planning Department, SU10SE6,

Source: Historic England

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