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Cold Pixie's Cave: a bowl barrow 600m south-east of Stockley Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Denny Lodge, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8131 / 50°48'47"N

Longitude: -1.5046 / 1°30'16"W

OS Eastings: 434999.112764

OS Northings: 101627.382409

OS Grid: SU349016

Mapcode National: GBR 77C.Y4S

Mapcode Global: FRA 76QY.CNQ

Entry Name: Cold Pixie's Cave: a bowl barrow 600m south-east of Stockley Cottage

Scheduled Date: 13 September 1963

Last Amended: 10 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009971

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20240

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Denny Lodge

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: East Boldre St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


This monument includes a round barrow situated on lowland heath. The barrow
mound, which was partially excavated during the winter of l941/2, measures 29m
in diameter and 1.7m high. It was constructed of turves and gravel and is
surrounded by a 2.3m wide ditch from which the mound material was quarried
during construction. This ditch now survives as a 3m wide and 0.25m deep
earthwork. No burial was found, the only find of note being an amber

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 partial excavation in the winter of 1941-42 the bowl barrow 600m
south-east of Stockley Cottage survives comparatively well with the burial
remains still unrecovered. Furthermore, it survives within the New Forest, an
important area 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


Books and journals
Piggott, C M, 'Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society' in Excavation of Fifteen Barrows in the New Forest 1941-2, , Vol. 9, (1943), 13-15
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)

Source: Historic England

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