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Two bowl barrows east of Church Place

A Scheduled Monument in Denny Lodge, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8607 / 50°51'38"N

Longitude: -1.5251 / 1°31'30"W

OS Eastings: 433520.89967

OS Northings: 106908.697887

OS Grid: SU335069

Mapcode National: GBR 76R.Z3M

Mapcode Global: FRA 76PT.PP4

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows east of Church Place

Scheduled Date: 16 September 1963

Last Amended: 9 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012561

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20201

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Denny Lodge

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


The monument includes two bowl barrows situated on the eastern end of an east
to west ridge. The northern barrow mound measures 20m in diameter and stands
up to 2m high. A slight hollow in the mound centre suggests previous robbing
or early exploration of the site. The southern edge has the steepest slope
suggesting that the mound has been clipped, possibly by cultivation or during
tree planting. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from
which material was quarried during construction of the monument, surrounds the
barrow mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a
buried feature c.2m wide. The second mound situated 11m to the south measures
7m in diameter and stands up to 0.5m high. A 2.1m wide ditch survives as a
slight earthwork 0.3m deep around the northern part of the mound and as a
buried feature elsewhere.

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 two bowl barrows east of Church Place survive comparatively well in 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 the 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


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938)
Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,

Source: Historic England

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