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Bowl barrow, the north-easternmost of six in West Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Lyminge, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1488 / 51°8'55"N

Longitude: 1.0584 / 1°3'30"E

OS Eastings: 613999.801732

OS Northings: 143288.577403

OS Grid: TR139432

Mapcode National: GBR TZL.Y4L

Mapcode Global: VHLH6.9DD4

Entry Name: Bowl barrow, the north-easternmost of six in West Wood

Scheduled Date: 15 January 1975

Last Amended: 4 January 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012221

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12817

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Lyminge

Built-Up Area: Rhodes Minnis

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent


This monument lies at the north-eastern edge of a group of similar
examples in West Wood. It includes a bowl barrow which comprises an
earthen mound and an encircling ditch. The mound survives to a height of
1m at most, although because the ground slopes slightly up to the west
the height diminishes in this direction. It measures 17m in diameter.
The ditch has been completely infilled by erosion of soil from the
mound, but would originally have been dug to provide the soil and flint
nodules for the construction of the mound.
The mound and the ditch together have a diameter of 21m.

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.

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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