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Bell barrow 200m east of Slap Bottom

A Scheduled Monument in Burley, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.817 / 50°49'1"N

Longitude: -1.7079 / 1°42'28"W

OS Eastings: 420672.362894

OS Northings: 101977.733835

OS Grid: SU206019

Mapcode National: GBR 54G.M1R

Mapcode Global: FRA 769Y.4FK

Entry Name: Bell barrow 200m east of Slap Bottom

Scheduled Date: 27 October 1970

Last Amended: 19 December 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012912

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12125

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Burley

Built-Up Area: Burley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


The monument includes a bell barrow set on a gentle south-facing slope
in an area of open New Forest heathland. The barrow mound has a
maximum diameter of 19m and stands to a height of c.1m. Surrounding
the barrow mound are a berm c.2m wide and an outer ditch 2m wide and
0.3m deep.
A central hollow suggests that the monument may once have been
partially excavated, probably in the 19th century.
The mound, berm and ditch together have a diameter of 27m.

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

Bell barrows, the most visually impressive form of round barrow, are funerary
monuments dating to the Early and Middle Bronze Age, with most examples
belonging to the period 1500-1100 BC. They occur either in isolation or in
round barrow cemeteries and were constructed as single or multiple mounds
covering burials, often in pits, and surrounded by an enclosure ditch. The
burials are frequently accompanied by weapons, personal ornaments and pottery
and appear to be those of aristocratic individuals, usually men. Bell barrows
(particularly multiple barrows) are rare nationally, with less than 250 known
examples, most of which are in Wessex. Their richness in terms of grave goods
provides evidence for chronological and cultural links amongst early
prehistoric communities over most of southern and eastern England as well as
providing an insight into their beliefs and social organisation. As a
particularly rare form of round barrow, all identified bell barrows would
normally be considered to be of national importance.

Despite partial excavation of the barrow mound, much of the monument
remains intact. The site therefore has considerable archaeological

Source: Historic England

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