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Bowl barrow 240m north-west of Harford House

A Scheduled Monument in Denny Lodge, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8398 / 50°50'23"N

Longitude: -1.44 / 1°26'24"W

OS Eastings: 439524.120999

OS Northings: 104627.211049

OS Grid: SU395046

Mapcode National: GBR 778.8RF

Mapcode Global: FRA 76WW.6TP

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 240m north-west of Harford House

Scheduled Date: 7 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013111

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20255

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Denny Lodge

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heath. The barrow
mound measures 11m in diameter and stands up to 0.7m high. A hollow in the
mound centre suggests previous robbing or an early excavation. Surrounding
the barrow mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. This has become partly infilled over the years
but survives as a 1.7m wide and 0.35m deep earthwork around the northern half
of the barrow and as a buried feature elsewhere.
This monument is part of a widely scattered group of round barrows.

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

Despite evidence for partial excavation, the bowl barrow 240m north-west of
Harford House survives comparatively well as part of widely scattered group of
round barrows within the New Forest, an area known to have been important in
terms of lowland Bronze Age occupation. A considerable amount of
archaeological evidence has survived in this area because of a lack of
agricultural activity, the result of later climatic deterioration, development
of heath and the establishment of a Royal Forest.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938), 360
Darvill, T C, Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), 1988,

Source: Historic England

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