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Bowl barrow 200m west of Barrowhills

A Scheduled Monument in Foxhills, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.3815 / 51°22'53"N

Longitude: -0.5807 / 0°34'50"W

OS Eastings: 498868.161739

OS Northings: 165670.951593

OS Grid: SU988656

Mapcode National: GBR F9S.B0R

Mapcode Global: VHFTV.WJCT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 200m west of Barrowhills

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011601

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20199

County: Surrey

Electoral Ward/Division: Foxhills

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Virginia Water

Church of England Diocese: Guildford


The monument includes a bowl barrow, one of an original group of three,
situated on the crest of a rise in the Bagshot series of sands and gravels.
The barrow has a mound 39m in diameter and 2m high, surrounded by a
ditch from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument. This has become partially infilled over the years but is visible as
an earthwork to the east of the mound 0.3m deep and between 3m and 4m wide;
the remainder survives as a buried feature.
The three mounds were noted in the 13th century in a copy of the charter of
Chertsey Abbey as the 'Threm Burghen'. A Bronze Age spearhead was discovered
when one of the barrows was cut into c.1930.

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 bowl barrow 200m west of Barrowhills survives well and is one of the
largest examples in Surrey. It contains both archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed and, along with other burial mounds in the vicinity, it
provides an insight into the occupation and settlement of the area during the
Bronze Age period.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Archaeological Collections, , Vol. 45, (1937), 166
Corner, G R, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Archaeological Collections, , Vol. 1, (1858), 85

Source: Historic England

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