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Bowl barrow on Telegraph Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Chilcomb, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.0504 / 51°3'1"N

Longitude: -1.2572 / 1°15'26"W

OS Eastings: 452160.527921

OS Northings: 128157.828065

OS Grid: SU521281

Mapcode National: GBR 97N.0Z0

Mapcode Global: FRA 868B.L21

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Telegraph Hill

Scheduled Date: 25 March 1949

Last Amended: 18 April 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012635

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12160

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Chilcomb

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Winchester All Saints with Chilcomb with Chesil St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on the crest of Telegraph Hill
with steeply sloping ground to the north-west and south. The barrow
mound has a maximum diameter of 25m and stands c.2m high. A hollow in
the centre of the mound c.6.5m across, suggests it may once have been
partially excavated.
Surrounding the barrow mound is a ditch 3m wide showing as a slight
earthwork 0.1m deep and as a ring of darker earth. A sherd of Bronze
Age pottery and flint artefacts were found in the area of the ditch on
the north-west side of the 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

Despite the possibility of partial excavation of the Telegraph Hill
barrow mound, much of the monument remains intact and survives well.
It therefore has considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England


Schofield, A J, 01-FEB-1990, (1990)

Source: Historic England

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