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Bowl barrow on Hiscocks Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Bramshaw, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.9225 / 50°55'20"N

Longitude: -1.6815 / 1°40'53"W

OS Eastings: 422481.418235

OS Northings: 113717.810449

OS Grid: SU224137

Mapcode National: GBR 64N.1PB

Mapcode Global: FRA 76CN.W57

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Hiscocks Hill

Scheduled Date: 10 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010086

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20301

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Bramshaw

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heath. The barrow
mound is of rectangular shape; it measures 9m long by 7.5m wide and stands up
to 0.7m high. A hollow in the centre of the mound indicates the location of a
partial excavation carried out in 1862 when fragments of four Bronze Age pots
and associated cremation burials were found. Surrounding the mound is a
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the barrow.
This has become partly infilled over the years but survives as a slight
earthwork measuring 1.5m wide and 0.1m deep.

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 on Hiscocks Hill
survives comparatively well in 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.
No other Bronze Age rectangular barrows are known, and it must therefore be
concluded that this is either a unique form of barrow or it was re-shaped for
some unknown purpose in antiquity.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Wise, J R, The New Forest, (1882), 207-8
Hampshire County Planning Department, SU21SW62,

Source: Historic England

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