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Bowl barrow in Mallard Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Denny Lodge, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8794 / 50°52'45"N

Longitude: -1.539 / 1°32'20"W

OS Eastings: 432529.205675

OS Northings: 108983.938074

OS Grid: SU325089

Mapcode National: GBR 76K.V01

Mapcode Global: FRA 76NS.48M

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Mallard Wood

Scheduled Date: 8 April 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009861

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20228

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Denny Lodge

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Colbury Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on a gentle south facing slope
overlooking Longwater Lawn. The barrow mound measures 10m in diameter and
stands up to 0.4m high. Although no details are known, a small pit on the
eastern edge of the mound may indicate excavation of the site. A ditch, from
which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds
the barrow mound. This has become partly infilled over the years, but
survives as a slight earthwork 2.5m wide and 0.2m deep around the northern
edge of the mound and as a buried feature elsewhere.

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 partial excavation, the Mallard Wood bowl barrow retains
archaeological information and survives within the New Forest which is 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
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Hampshire County Planning Department, SU30NW3,

Source: Historic England

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