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Collin's Grave: a bowl barrow on Burley Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Burley, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8407 / 50°50'26"N

Longitude: -1.698 / 1°41'52"W

OS Eastings: 421358.473158

OS Northings: 104617.372925

OS Grid: SU213046

Mapcode National: GBR 548.9HG

Mapcode Global: FRA 76BW.88V

Entry Name: Collin's Grave: a bowl barrow on Burley Moor

Scheduled Date: 8 April 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009889

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20274

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Burley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Details

This monument includes Collin's Grave, a bowl barrow situated on a knoll on
Burley Moor. The barrow mound measures 12m in diameter and stands up to 0.9m
high. A slight hollow in the centre of the mound suggests previous partial
excavation. The 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 3m wide and
up to 0.5m deep. On the external edge of the ditch is a bank 4m wide and 0.5m
high. The eastern part of the monument has seen limited disturbance as a
result of gravel guarrying.

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, Collin's Grave, a bowl barrow on
Burley 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.
There is a local legend concerning an early 19th century suicide
at this site from which the name of the site is derived.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,
Hampshire County Planning Department, SU20SW36,

Source: Historic England

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