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Bowl barrow on Hornley Common

A Scheduled Monument in Blackwater and Hawley, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.321 / 51°19'15"N

Longitude: -0.8122 / 0°48'43"W

OS Eastings: 482866.473677

OS Northings: 158662.783183

OS Grid: SU828586

Mapcode National: GBR D8X.5GX

Mapcode Global: VHDXN.V2Z3

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Hornley Common

Scheduled Date: 13 June 1974

Last Amended: 26 April 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012633

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12157

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Blackwater and Hawley

Built-Up Area: Minley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Minley

Church of England Diocese: Guildford


The monument includes a ditched bowl barrow set on a ridge-top with
extensive views to the north, west and south. The barrow mound is 28m
in diameter and stands to a height of 1.5m. A ditch 6m wide surrounds
the mound and survives as an earthwork 0.2m deep on all but the south
side where it underlies a metalled track. A recent cutting along the
side of the track has revealed a section across the ditch which
includes a dark layer of silt and some timber. Hollows on the centre
of the mound suggest previous excavation, possibly in the 19th
The surface of the metalled track which runs adjacent to the south
side of the barrow is excluded from the scheduling, although the ground
beneath is included.

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 the possibility of partial excavation of the Hornley Common
barrow mound and some limited disturbance of ditch deposits, most of
the monument remains intact and survives well. It therefore has
considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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