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Bowl barrow 500m west of Mariners, one of six in West Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Lyminge, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1436 / 51°8'36"N

Longitude: 1.0561 / 1°3'22"E

OS Eastings: 613866.150392

OS Northings: 142697.199693

OS Grid: TR138426

Mapcode National: GBR TZS.9TG

Mapcode Global: VHLH6.8J66

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 500m west of Mariners, one of six in West Wood

Scheduled Date: 15 January 1975

Last Amended: 4 January 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012218

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12816

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Lyminge

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent


This barrow lies at the southern end of West Wood some 30m north-east of
its nearest neighbour. The monument includes a low bowl barrow which
comprises an earthen mound 16m across and at most 0.4m high, and an
encircling ditch which has been completely infilled by erosion of the
The mound and ditch together have a diameter of 20m.

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. 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.
Although this example has been spread during sylvicultural activity, it
still retains significant archaeological potential since the crucial
areas such as the old ground surface survive undisturbed. This is also
one of a group of similar monuments in West Wood which demonstrate the
importance of the area for burials in the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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