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Bowl barrow in Parnholt Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Kings Somborne, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0565 / 51°3'23"N

Longitude: -1.464 / 1°27'50"W

OS Eastings: 437660.288002

OS Northings: 128705.178404

OS Grid: SU376287

Mapcode National: GBR 74J.NPG

Mapcode Global: FRA 76TB.9GQ

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Parnholt Wood

Scheduled Date: 19 January 1962

Last Amended: 19 December 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012977

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12135

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Kings Somborne

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Somborne with Ashley St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

Details

The monument includes a large ditched bowl barrow set below the crest of a
gentle north-facing slope. The barrow mound has a maximum diameter of 18m and
stands to a height of 2m. Surrounding the mound is a ditch 4m wide and
surviving to a maximum depth of 0.4m on the north side of the mound.
The mound and ditch together have a diameter of 26m.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

There is no evidence for formal excavation of the monument and the site has
considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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