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Bowl barrow at Stephill Bottom

A Scheduled Monument in Denny Lodge, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8498 / 50°50'59"N

Longitude: -1.4924 / 1°29'32"W

OS Eastings: 435827.448134

OS Northings: 105710.753511

OS Grid: SU358057

Mapcode National: GBR 770.MHP

Mapcode Global: FRA 76RV.JDN

Entry Name: Bowl barrow at Stephill Bottom

Scheduled Date: 16 September 1963

Last Amended: 10 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012574

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20206

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Denny Lodge

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


This monument includes a bowl barrow with associated ditch, situated on a
prominent ridge orientated north to south. The mound measures 15.5m in
diameter and is 1m high. A shallow hollow on the summit may be the result of
an early excavation. A ditch, from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has become
partly infilled over the years but survives as a slight earthwork 2m wide and
0.3m deep. The eastern part of the ditch is seasonally waterlogged. The
overall diameter of the site is 19.5m.

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

The ditch surrounding the Stephill Bottom barrow is in very good condition
and, although the barrow itself seems to have been partly excavated,
archaeological and environmental information will survive, giving an
indication of the type of landscape within which the monument was constructed.
The barrow is an obvious landmark within a well-used part of 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
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938), 360
National Archaeological Record, SU30NE6,

Source: Historic England

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