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Bowl barrow 400m south-west of Robin Hood Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Minstead, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9034 / 50°54'12"N

Longitude: -1.6369 / 1°38'12"W

OS Eastings: 425630.831044

OS Northings: 111608.70092

OS Grid: SU256116

Mapcode National: GBR 64X.70H

Mapcode Global: FRA 76GQ.83T

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m south-west of Robin Hood Farm

Scheduled Date: 12 October 1979

Last Amended: 25 April 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012640

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12159

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Minstead

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Minstead All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a flat ridge-top adjacent
to an area of open New Forest heathland. The barrow mound has a
diameter of c.20m and survives to a height of 1.4m. Surrounding the
mound is a ditch 3m wide, visible as a low earthwork 0.1m deep to the
south and surviving as a buried feature to the east and west. The area
north of the barrow mound has been truncated by the A31 and is
excluded from the scheduling.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

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
protection.

Despite some disturbance to the north side of the Robin Hood Farm
monument, much of the site remains intact and therefore has
considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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