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Two bowl barrows 400m north of Milgate Farm in Reinden Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Hawkinge, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1255 / 51°7'31"N

Longitude: 1.1614 / 1°9'40"E

OS Eastings: 621311.156169

OS Northings: 140997.298602

OS Grid: TR213409

Mapcode National: GBR W1G.6G4

Mapcode Global: VHLH8.2ZT2

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 400m north of Milgate Farm in Reinden Wood

Scheduled Date: 19 May 1975

Last Amended: 7 February 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012278

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12809

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Hawkinge

Built-Up Area: Densole

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent


The monument includes a pair of circular barrows, each of which
comprises an earthen mound and an encircling ditch. The mound of the
north-eastern example measures 33m in diameter and survives to a height
of just under 2m at its summit. On the north side the mound has been
truncated slightly by a metalled road which overlies the ditch on this
side. On the east side where it is most easily visible, the ditch
measures some 7m from inner to outer edge.
The second of the pair, the centre of which lies just 35m south-west of
the other, is the smaller of the two. Its mound measures 30m across and
stands to 1.8m. The surrounding ditch has been completely infilled by
erosion from the mound so that it is not visible as an earthwork.
The fence on the northern side of the monument, together with the
metalling of the road, is excluded from the scheduling.

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 Reinden Wood barrows are large and well preserved examples which
show no signs of having been dug into and which therefore have a
particularly high archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,

Source: Historic England

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