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Bowl barrow 200m west of Moorgreen House

A Scheduled Monument in West End, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.9309 / 50°55'51"N

Longitude: -1.3251 / 1°19'30"W

OS Eastings: 447523.697002

OS Northings: 114823.456689

OS Grid: SU475148

Mapcode National: GBR 87L.FT3

Mapcode Global: FRA 863N.3L8

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 200m west of Moorgreen House

Scheduled Date: 25 October 1977

Last Amended: 12 April 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012710

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12148

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: West End

Built-Up Area: Southampton

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: West End St James

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow set on a gentle north-facing slope
immediatly south of Moorgreen Road. The barrow mound has a maximum diameter
of 34m and stands to 0.75m high. A ditch c.5m wide which surrounded the
barrow mound is no longer visible at ground level and now survives as a buried
feature to the west and east. The area to the north of the monument was
damaged during construction of Moorgreen Road while the area to the south has
been the subject of a housing development. Both areas are excluded from the

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

Despite localised damage to the north and south of the monument, there is no
evidence for formal excavation and the site has considerable archaeological

Source: Historic England

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