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Bowl barrow, the northernmost of six in West Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Stowting, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1501 / 51°9'0"N

Longitude: 1.0534 / 1°3'12"E

OS Eastings: 613642.650427

OS Northings: 143412.132833

OS Grid: TR136434

Mapcode National: GBR TZL.WNY

Mapcode Global: VHLH6.6CQ6

Entry Name: Bowl barrow, the northernmost of six in West Wood

Scheduled Date: 15 January 1975

Last Amended: 4 January 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012210

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12812

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Stowting

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Details

This is the northernmost of the six similar examples in West Wood. The
monument includes a barrow which comprises an earthen mound and an
encircling ditch. The mound measures some 20m in diameter and stands to
a maximum height of 1.4m. The surrounding ditch has been completely
infilled by material eroded from the mound and is no longer visible on
the surface, but it would originally have provided the earth with which
the mound was constructed. The wire-mesh fence over the northern side of
the mound is excluded from the scheduling.
The mound and ditch together have a diameter of 30m.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 5 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. Their ubiquity and their tendency to occupy
prominent locations makes them 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 organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are
particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion
of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Spurrell, F, 'Arch Journal' in Arch Journal, , Vol. 40, (1883), 292
Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), (1988)

Source: Historic England

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