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Bowl barrow 1km east of Farley Mount

A Scheduled Monument in Hursley, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.0614 / 51°3'41"N

Longitude: -1.4118 / 1°24'42"W

OS Eastings: 441318.564315

OS Northings: 129281.767061

OS Grid: SU413292

Mapcode National: GBR 74L.9XH

Mapcode Global: FRA 76X9.ZRV

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 1km east of Farley Mount

Scheduled Date: 25 March 1949

Last Amended: 19 December 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012981

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12139

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Hursley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Sparsholt with Lainston St Stephen

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a ditched bowl barrow set on high ground with views to
the south and north. The barrow mound survives to a height of 2m and has a
diameter of c.20m. Surrounding the mound is a shallow ditch up to a 6m wide
and 0.2m deep.
The mound and ditch together have a diameter of 32m.

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 monument and the site has
considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England

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