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Bowl barrow 90m north of Stowting Court

A Scheduled Monument in Stowting, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1347 / 51°8'4"N

Longitude: 1.0276 / 1°1'39"E

OS Eastings: 611908.881061

OS Northings: 141624.575341

OS Grid: TR119416

Mapcode National: GBR TZR.W1D

Mapcode Global: VHKKQ.RRL1

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 90m north of Stowting Court

Scheduled Date: 28 February 1974

Last Amended: 18 July 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013144

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12839

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Stowting

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent


The monument includes a bowl barrow which comprises an earthen mound and an
encircling quarry ditch. Part of the barrow, on the south and east side, was
destroyed to make room for a barn which has itself now been removed. Some
three-fifths of the barrow survives, however, including the area considered to
contain the principal burial of the monument.
The remaining part of the mound measures 25m NE-SW and stands over 2m above
the general ground level. Having been spread by agricultural activities, the
mound now extends 24m into the field to the NW. Nothing of the surrounding
ditch is visible on the surface because it has been infilled by soil eroded
from the mound.
Partial excavation of the mound in the early 1970s confirmed the Early Bronze
Age date of the barrow by recovering characteristic "Beaker"-style pottery.
The fencing on the SE border is excluded from the scheduling.

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

Although the Stowting Court barrow has been damaged during building operations
in the past and has been spread by agricultural activities, much of the barrow
mound and the burials placed within and beneath it, as well as its surrounding
ditch, survives. The monument therefore holds significant potential for the
recovery of further evidence of the nature and duration of use of the barrow
and of the environment in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T, Monument Class Description - Bowl barrows, 1988,
TR 14 SW,

Source: Historic England

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