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Bowl barrow on Yew Tree Heath

A Scheduled Monument in Denny Lodge, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8571 / 50°51'25"N

Longitude: -1.4886 / 1°29'18"W

OS Eastings: 436092.172926

OS Northings: 106517.658248

OS Grid: SU360065

Mapcode National: GBR 770.2HB

Mapcode Global: FRA 76RT.ZVM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Yew Tree Heath

Scheduled Date: 16 September 1963

Last Amended: 4 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009921

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20212

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Denny Lodge

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the brow of an east to west
orientated ridge overlooking the valley of the River Beaulieu. The barrow
mound measures 5m in diameter and stands up to 0.3m high. A hollow in the
centre of the mound measuring 1m long by 0.6m wide and 0.2m deep suggests
previous robbing or early exploration of the site. Although no longer visible
at ground level, a ditch, from which material was quarried during construction
of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has become infilled over
the years but survives as a buried feature c.1m wide.

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 bowl barrow on Yew Tree Heath
survives comparatively well within the New Forest, an area 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

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938)
Other
Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,

Source: Historic England

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