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Long barrow 400m south-east of Moody's Down Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Barton Stacey, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.1457 / 51°8'44"N

Longitude: -1.3815 / 1°22'53"W

OS Eastings: 443358.688611

OS Northings: 138674.938322

OS Grid: SU433386

Mapcode National: GBR 84Z.5HX

Mapcode Global: VHD0P.0GHK

Entry Name: Long barrow 400m south-east of Moody's Down Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012515

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12110

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Barton Stacey

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Barton Stacey All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a long barrow surviving as an earthwork in an arable
field and situated on a flat-topped spur adjacent to a firing range. The
barrow mound is orientated SE-NW and is rectangular in plan. It is 70m long,
20m wide and survives to a height of c.1m. Flanking quarry ditches run
parallel to the mound on its NE and SW sides. These average 7.5m wide and may
originally have been separated from the mound by narrow berms.
A sherd of Neolithic pottery was found in a rabbit scrape at the SE end of the
barrow in 1940.
Two further long barrows are visible from the mound, one (now levelled) 100m
to the SE and one 750m to the west.

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

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking
ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic
periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early
farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments
surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows
appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the
human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide
evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and,
consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites
for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 long
barrows are recorded in England. As one of the few types of Neolithic
structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their
considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows are
considered to be nationally important.

The 180 long barrows of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset form the densest and
one of the most important concentrations of monuments of this type in the
country. This example is important as it is one of a rare cluster of similar
barrows and, with no evidence of formal excavation, it has considerable
archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Smith, I F , Long Barrows in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, (1979)
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, (1939)

Source: Historic England

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