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Bowl barrow 820m north-east of Dilton Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Brockenhurst, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8122 / 50°48'43"N

Longitude: -1.5226 / 1°31'21"W

OS Eastings: 433727.248989

OS Northings: 101508.788133

OS Grid: SU337015

Mapcode National: GBR 77B.ZTS

Mapcode Global: FRA 76PY.JLZ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 820m north-east of Dilton Farm

Scheduled Date: 11 January 1972

Last Amended: 16 July 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010374

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20233

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Brockenhurst

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Boldre St John

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heath. The barrow
mound measures 24m in diameter and stands up to 1.4m high. A slight hollow in
the mound centre betrays previous robbing or early exploration of the site.
The western edge of the mound has been partly cut by a later field boundary.
Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was
quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound.
This has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.3m
wide. This monument is part of a widely dispersed group of round barrows.

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.

The bowl barrow 820m north-east of Dilton Farm survives well as part 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 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), 362
Other
Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
Hampshire County Planning Department, SU 30 SW 6,

Source: Historic England

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