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Bowl barrow 300m south-east of Church Place

A Scheduled Monument in Denny Lodge, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8586 / 50°51'30"N

Longitude: -1.5235 / 1°31'24"W

OS Eastings: 433630.204226

OS Northings: 106671.614099

OS Grid: SU336066

Mapcode National: GBR 76Y.5M5

Mapcode Global: FRA 76PT.XYT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 300m south-east of Church Place

Scheduled Date: 16 September 1963

Last Amended: 9 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012562

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20202

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Denny Lodge

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the west end of a narrow
linear sandy ridge and lying near the bottom of a large natural hollow. The
dimensions of the monument are masked by its situation, but it appears to
measure 38.2m east to west and 31m north to south. Its height above the
surrounding land surface is 0.8m, though its height above the ridge is only
0.2m. The appearance of the monument is enhanced by a bracken cover not
present on the rest of the ridge. Although no longer visible at ground level,
a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument, surrounds the barrow mound.

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 bowl barrow 300m south-east of Church Place survives 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 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


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938)

Source: Historic England

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