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Two bowl barrows 270m south of Oakhanger Road

A Scheduled Monument in Whitehill, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.1162 / 51°6'58"N

Longitude: -0.8799 / 0°52'47"W

OS Eastings: 478499.613802

OS Northings: 135807.445313

OS Grid: SU784358

Mapcode National: GBR C9V.SFW

Mapcode Global: VHDYL.P6QN

Entry Name: Two bowl barrows 270m south of Oakhanger Road

Scheduled Date: 26 November 1971

Last Amended: 31 July 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012641

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12156

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Whitehill

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Blackmoor and Whitehill; St Matthew

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes two adjoining bowl barrows aligned north-south and set
below the crest of a gentle south-facing slope but on a steep local
promontory. The southern mound is 1m high and 20m in diameter. A ditch c.3m
wide surrounds the mound, surviving as a shallow earthwork 0.2m deep to the
north of the barrow mound and as a buried feature elsewhere. The northern
mound is 26m across and 1.5m high. A ditch surrounds the mound surviving as
a buried feature c.3m wide.

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 Oakhanger Road monument
and the site has considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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