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Long barrow 400m west of Moody's Down Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Barton Stacey, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.1467 / 51°8'48"N

Longitude: -1.3926 / 1°23'33"W

OS Eastings: 442585.636058

OS Northings: 138777.901119

OS Grid: SU425387

Mapcode National: GBR 84Z.2R8

Mapcode Global: VHC36.TF5S

Entry Name: Long barrow 400m west of Moody's Down Farm

Scheduled Date: 9 February 1951

Last Amended: 19 October 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013201

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12094

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Barton Stacey

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Barton Stacey All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a long barrow surviving as a low earthwork in an
arable field and situated just below the crest of a gentle SE facing
slope. The barrow mound is orientated ENE-WSW and is ovoid in plan
with the broader end facing ENE and standing to a maximum height of
1m. It survives to a length of 33m and varies in width between 15m at
the east end and 10m at the west end. Flanking quarry ditches run
parallel to the north and south sides of the mound, separated from it
by narrow berms 1m wide. The ditches are curved in plan, 29m long and
5m wide.

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

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking
ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic
periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early
farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments
surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows
appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the
human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide
evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and,
consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites
for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 long
barrows are recorded in England. As one of the few types of Neolithic
structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their
considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows are
considered to be nationally important.

The 180 long barrows of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset form the
densest and one of the most significant concentrations of monuments of
this type in the country. This example is important as it survives
well and is one of four long barrows in the immediate area. Such
groups rarely occur.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Smith, I F , Long Barrows in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, (1979), 2-3

Source: Historic England

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