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Bowl barrow 980m north-west of Wilverley Post

A Scheduled Monument in Burley, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8232 / 50°49'23"N

Longitude: -1.6682 / 1°40'5"W

OS Eastings: 423467.658074

OS Northings: 102680.051582

OS Grid: SU234026

Mapcode National: GBR 65T.C1R

Mapcode Global: FRA 76DX.FYL

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 980m north-west of Wilverley Post

Scheduled Date: 13 September 1963

Last Amended: 9 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012531

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20279

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Burley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on an east to west orientated
ridge overlooking the valley of Mill Lawn Brook. The barrow mound measures
11m in diameter and stands up to 0.7m high. A slight hollow in the mound
centre suggests previous partial excavation. The ditch, from which material
was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow
mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a slight
earthwork 2m wide and 0.2m deep, except on the south where it exists as a
buried feature. Two sherds of Bronze Age pottery are known to have been
recovered from this barrow.

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.

Despite evidence for partial excavation, the bowl barrow 980m north-west of
Wilverley Post survives comparatively well within the New Forest, an area
known to have been important in terms of lowland Bronze Age occupation. A
considerable amount of archaeological evidence has survived in this area
because of a lack of agricultural activity, the result of later climatic
deterioration, development of heath and the establishment of a Royal Forest.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Darvill, T C, Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), 1988,
Hampshire County Planning Department, SU20SW31A,
National Archaeological Record, SU20SW13,

Source: Historic England

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