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Bowl barrow in Easneye Wood, 110m south-east of Dairy Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.8055 / 51°48'19"N

Longitude: 0.0071 / 0°0'25"E

OS Eastings: 538476.764243

OS Northings: 213780.685451

OS Grid: TL384137

Mapcode National: GBR KBN.NMN

Mapcode Global: VHHLZ.2WL8

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Easneye Wood, 110m south-east of Dairy Farm

Scheduled Date: 12 December 1979

Last Amended: 28 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009249

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20667

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Stanstead Abbots

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Stanstead Abbots

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans


The monument includes a bowl barrow in Easneye Wood situated on a north-west
facing slope overlooking the River Ash. It is visible as an earthen mound
which measures 20m in diameter and c.3m in height. Although no longer visible
at ground level, a ditch, from which material was excavated during the
construction of the monument, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled
over the years but survives as a buried feature c.2m wide. In 1899 J Evans
carried out a small excavation which revealed a cremation burial without any
grave goods.

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 excavation, the bowl barrow in Easneye Wood is well preserved
and will retain archaeological information and environmental evidence relating
to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Information from NAR (No TL 31 SE 17),

Source: Historic England

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