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Four bowl barrows west of Breamore Hat

A Scheduled Monument in Redlynch, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 50.9415 / 50°56'29"N

Longitude: -1.6947 / 1°41'40"W

OS Eastings: 421548.718666

OS Northings: 115825.112298

OS Grid: SU215158

Mapcode National: GBR 52X.Y38

Mapcode Global: FRA 76BM.9M7

Entry Name: Four bowl barrows west of Breamore Hat

Scheduled Date: 10 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010075

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20298

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Redlynch

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


This monument includes a cluster of four bowl barrows situated on lowland
heath. They are described as follows:

(SU 21551582) This barrow mound measures 8m in diameter and stands up to 0.6m

(SU 21541582) This barrow mound measures 6.5m in diameter and stands up to
0.5m high.

(SU 21541581) Two barrow mounds within this area measure 3m in diameter and
stand 0.3m high.

Although no longer visible at ground level, ditches, from which material was
quarried during the construction of each barrow, surround each mound. These
have become infilled over the years but survive as buried features c.1m

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

The four bowl barrows west of Breamore Hat survive comparatively well within
the New Forest, an area known to have been important for 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

Source: Historic England

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