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Bowl barrow 330m north of Grim's Ditch, near Tidpit Common

A Scheduled Monument in Martin, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.9653 / 50°57'54"N

Longitude: -1.9091 / 1°54'32"W

OS Eastings: 406479.585604

OS Northings: 118430.528092

OS Grid: SU064184

Mapcode National: GBR 413.J4H

Mapcode Global: FRA 66WK.J2G

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 330m north of Grim's Ditch, near Tidpit Common

Scheduled Date: 27 June 1973

Last Amended: 1 August 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011000

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24342

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Martin

Built-Up Area: Martin

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Martin All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a Bronze Age bowl barrow north of Grim's Ditch where it
runs west towards Bokerley Dyke from Tidpit Common Down. The barrow lies on a
north east facing slope within the Martin Down National Nature Reserve. The
barrow has a mound c.20m in diameter. The north side of the barrow drops
steeply away and is thought to have been cut by a later field boundary, part
of a field system otherwise no longer visible on the ground. This has resulted
in the mound having a height of c.6m above ground level to the north, although
to the south it rises to c.2m above the adjoining ground level. Surrounding
the barrow mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This has largely become infilled over the years,
but survives as a 3.5m wide and 0.4m deep depression at the south west side of
the barrow. Elsewhere it survives as a buried feature.
A large hollow in the centre of the barrow mound marks the probable site of
antiquarian excavation, of which there are no known records.
All fencing and associated posts are excluded from the scheduling, but the
ground beneath them is included.

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 barrow 330m north of Grim's Ditch survives well as one of the numerous
Bronze Age monuments constructed on Martin Down. These have recently been the
subject of a detailed survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical
Monuments of England. Despite evidence of antiquarian excavation, the barrow
and quarry ditch will contain archaeological and environmental evidence
relating to the construction and use of the monument.

Source: Historic England


SU 01NE 36, (1984)

Source: Historic England

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