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Bowl barrow 550m north-west of Avon Tyrrell

A Scheduled Monument in Sopley, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8057 / 50°48'20"N

Longitude: -1.7434 / 1°44'36"W

OS Eastings: 418175.353615

OS Northings: 100715.98999

OS Grid: SU181007

Mapcode National: GBR 54L.J15

Mapcode Global: FRA 767Y.W28

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 550m north-west of Avon Tyrrell

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1971

Last Amended: 25 April 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012637

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12161

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Sopley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Ringwood St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a gentle west-facing slope.
The barrow mound is of irregular shape, measuring 24m from north-south
and 20m from east-west. It survives to a height of c.2m. Surrounding
the barrow mound is a ditch c.2m wide. This survives as a low
earthwork 0.2m deep to the north of the barrow mound, and as a buried
feature to the south.
The fenceline which crosses the site from east-west 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

There is no evidence for formal excavation of the Avon Tyrrell monument and it
survives well. It therefore has considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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