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Bowl barrow 630m north of Hardley Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Hythe and Dibden, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8469 / 50°50'48"N

Longitude: -1.4051 / 1°24'18"W

OS Eastings: 441978.400152

OS Northings: 105433.01133

OS Grid: SU419054

Mapcode National: GBR 773.ZHR

Mapcode Global: FRA 76YV.NFY

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 630m north of Hardley Bridge

Scheduled Date: 11 March 1964

Last Amended: 10 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013136

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20267

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Hythe and Dibden

Built-Up Area: Hythe

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heathland overlooking
Buttsash. The barrow mound measures 29m in diameter and stands up to 2.2m
high. The south-western side of the barrow mound has seen limited disturbance
as a result of road construction. A slight hollow in the centre of the mound
suggests previous robbing or partial excavation. 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 c.2.5m wide and 0.5m deep on the eastern edge of the mound and as a
buried feature elsewhere.

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 and disturbance as a result of road
construction, the bowl barrow 630m north of Hardley Bridge survives
comparatively well 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

Source: Historic England

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