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Bowl barrow 260m north of Stonyford Pond

A Scheduled Monument in Fawley, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8366 / 50°50'11"N

Longitude: -1.4134 / 1°24'48"W

OS Eastings: 441403.18161

OS Northings: 104287.812557

OS Grid: SU414042

Mapcode National: GBR 779.HGP

Mapcode Global: FRA 76XW.K67

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 260m north of Stonyford Pond

Scheduled Date: 10 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013126

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20272

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Fawley

Built-Up Area: Blackfield

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


This monument includes a bowl barrow and a short length of field boundary
situated on lowland heath overlooking Stonyford Pond. The barrow mound
measures 20m in diameter and stands up to 1.5m high. Surrounding the mound is
a ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the
barrow. This has become partly infilled over the years but survives as a
slight earthwork 2m wide and 0.4m deep. The southern part of the barrow has
seen limited damage as a result of the construction of a field boundary.

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 some disturbance, the bowl barrow 260m north of Stonyford Pond
survives comparatively well as part of a widely scattered group of round
barrows in 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


Hampshire County Planning Department, SU40SW9,

Source: Historic England

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