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Barrow at Telegraph Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Lilley, Hertfordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9446 / 51°56'40"N

Longitude: -0.3748 / 0°22'29"W

OS Eastings: 511804.237072

OS Northings: 228591.211886

OS Grid: TL118285

Mapcode National: GBR H5Y.22G

Mapcode Global: VHFR8.GD63

Entry Name: Barrow at Telegraph Hill

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012449

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20623

County: Hertfordshire

Civil Parish: Lilley

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Lilley

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

Details

The barrow is situated on the south shoulder of Telegraph Hill just south of
the trackway. It is a hemispherical earth mound measuring approximately 16m
in diameter by 1.5m in height. The northern edge of the monument has been
altered slightly by the trackway which runs alongside it.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

Although slightly disturbed, the barrow on Telegraph Hill is largely intact
and will retain considerable potential for the preservation of archaeological
and environmental evidence.

Source: Historic England

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