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Bowl barrow 350m south-east of Egerton Church

A Scheduled Monument in Egerton, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1934 / 51°11'36"N

Longitude: 0.7337 / 0°44'1"E

OS Eastings: 591106.344879

OS Northings: 147349.669078

OS Grid: TQ911473

Mapcode National: GBR RW4.0BH

Mapcode Global: VHKKC.N8QG

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 350m south-east of Egerton Church

Scheduled Date: 4 December 1951

Last Amended: 18 July 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012266

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12836

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Egerton

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent


The monument includes a bowl barrow which comprises an earthen mound
encircled by a now-infilled quarry ditch. The large and prominent mound
measures 24m in diameter and stands to a maximum height of 2.5m above the
level of the surrounding ground. The base of the mound has been truncated
slightly but the mound appears to approximate closely to its original
dimensions. The surrounding ditch has been completely infilled and is no
longer visible. The mound and ditch together have a diameter of 29m.

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 near Egerton Church survives well despite the limited damage
caused by agricultural activities. It retains considerable archaeological
potential and its well-preserved condition is rare, as most examples have
been severely disturbed in this part of Kent.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,
TQ 94 NE,

Source: Historic England

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