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Bowl barrow 620m south of Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar in Ringwood Forest

A Scheduled Monument in Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8577 / 50°51'27"N

Longitude: -1.8417 / 1°50'30"W

OS Eastings: 411236.73773

OS Northings: 106475.413908

OS Grid: SU112064

Mapcode National: GBR 42K.36B

Mapcode Global: FRA 761T.SD4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 620m south of Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar in Ringwood Forest

Scheduled Date: 27 October 1970

Last Amended: 5 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009036

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20289

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: St Leonards and St Ives All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated at the eastern end of an east to
west orientated ridge overlooking the valley of the Moors River. The barrow
mound measures 17m in diameter and stands up to 1.8m high. A hollow in the
north-east side of the mound suggests previous partial excavation . Although
no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was quarried
during the construction of the barrow, surrounds the mound. This has become
infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide.

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 evidence for partial excavation, the bowl barrow survives
comparatively well and retains undisturbed remains of considerable
archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938), 359

Source: Historic England

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