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Bowl barrow 980m north-west of Hatchett Gate

A Scheduled Monument in Beaulieu, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8179 / 50°49'4"N

Longitude: -1.4887 / 1°29'19"W

OS Eastings: 436114.853163

OS Northings: 102158.567278

OS Grid: SU361021

Mapcode National: GBR 77D.NFJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 76RX.ZTR

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 980m north-west of Hatchett Gate

Scheduled Date: 13 September 1963

Last Amended: 10 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010013

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20244

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Beaulieu

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 bowl barrow situated on the crest of a hillslope
overlooking Worts Gutter. The barrow mound measures 10m in diameter and
stands up to 1.2m high. The mound has an asymmetrical profile, being highest
at the south and sloping down northwards. This is probably the result of
robbing or partial early excavation of the monument. 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 is still
visible as a slight earthwork measuring 1.7m wide and 0.2m deep. This
monument is one of a widely scattered group of round barrows situated on
Beaulieu Heath.

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 evidence for partial excavation, the bowl barrow 980m north-west of
Hatchett Gate survives comparatively well and is one of a widely scattered
group of round barrows in the New Forest, an area known to have been important
in terms of lowland Bronze Age occupation. A considerable amount of important
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
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1940), 362
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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