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Bowl barrow 660m east of Church Place

A Scheduled Monument in Denny Lodge, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8611 / 50°51'39"N

Longitude: -1.5177 / 1°31'3"W

OS Eastings: 434043.023907

OS Northings: 106949.357548

OS Grid: SU340069

Mapcode National: GBR 76S.T9Y

Mapcode Global: FRA 76QT.LKP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 660m east of Church Place

Scheduled Date: 9 September 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012580

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20231

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Denny Lodge

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the summit of a ridge
overlooking Shatterford Bottom. The barrow mound measures 20m in diameter and
stands up to 1.4m high. A shallow hollow in the centre of the mound may be
the result of an early excavation. Although no longer visible at ground
level, a 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 buried feature c.2m wide. The monument has an
overall diameter of 24m.

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 partial excavation, the bowl barrow 660m east of Church Place forms an
important visual feature and landmark within this 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 Forest.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T C, Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), 1988,
Hampshire County Planning Department, SU30NW8,

Source: Historic England

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