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Bowl barrow on Ashleycross Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Godshill, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.9264 / 50°55'35"N

Longitude: -1.7137 / 1°42'49"W

OS Eastings: 420215.551465

OS Northings: 114146.332349

OS Grid: SU202141

Mapcode National: GBR 532.ZGK

Mapcode Global: FRA 769N.G60

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Ashleycross Hill

Scheduled Date: 16 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012537

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20296

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Godshill

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heath overlooking
Alderhill Bottom. The barrow mound measures 12m in diameter and stands up to
1m high. This barrow was partially excavated in 1851 by a local antiquarian,
the Reverend Bartlett who found a few fragments of charcoal and pottery. A
hollow in the centre of the mound indicates the position of his excavation.
Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from which material was
quarried during the construction of the barrow, surrounds the mound. This
has become infilled over the years but survives as a buried feature c.1.5m

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

Despite evidence for limited excavation by the Reverend Bartlett in 1851, the
bowl barrow on Ashleycross Hill 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

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Wise, J R, The New Forest, (1882), 208
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938), 358

Source: Historic England

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