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Bowl barrow 400m north of Hardley Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Hythe and Dibden, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8447 / 50°50'40"N

Longitude: -1.4044 / 1°24'15"W

OS Eastings: 442029.445076

OS Northings: 105185.911533

OS Grid: SU420051

Mapcode National: GBR 773.ZR0

Mapcode Global: FRA 76YV.W4J

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 400m north of Hardley Bridge

Scheduled Date: 11 March 1964

Last Amended: 10 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013138

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20268

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Hythe and Dibden

Built-Up Area: Hythe

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow overlooking Flash Pond. The barrow mound
measures 19m in diameter and stands up to 2m high. A slight hollow in the
centre of the mound suggests previous robbing or a partial early excavation.
A ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the
monument, surrounds the barrow mound. This has become partly infilled over
the years but survives as a slight earthwork 2.5m wide and 0.5m deep. A
slight bank survives around the outer edge of the ditch.

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.

Despite evidence for partial excavation, the bowl barrow 400m 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

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938), 361
Other
Darvill, T C, Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), 1988,

Source: Historic England

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