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Bowl barrow 250m south of Two Bridges Bottom

A Scheduled Monument in Boldre, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.793 / 50°47'34"N

Longitude: -1.5171 / 1°31'1"W

OS Eastings: 434135.079084

OS Northings: 99378.351822

OS Grid: SZ341993

Mapcode National: GBR 77R.78T

Mapcode Global: FRA 76QZ.SYC

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 250m south of Two Bridges Bottom

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1971

Last Amended: 17 December 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012990

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12133

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Boldre

Built-Up Area: Pilley

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Boldre St John

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

Details

The monument includes a ditched bowl barrow set in a flat open area of
New Forest heathland. The barrow mound is a prominent feature in the
surrounding landscape, surviving to a height of 3m and with a diameter
of 33m. Surrounding the barrow mound is a seasonally water-filled
ditch 2m wide and 0.3m deep and a low outer bank 2m across and 0.15m
high.
The mound, ditch and bank together have a diameter of 41m.

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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