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Bowl barrow on Frensham Common

A Scheduled Monument in Frensham, Surrey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1599 / 51°9'35"N

Longitude: -0.7811 / 0°46'52"W

OS Eastings: 485329.46522

OS Northings: 140783.287521

OS Grid: SU853407

Mapcode National: GBR DBX.79Y

Mapcode Global: VHDYG.D3XM

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Frensham Common

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1934

Last Amended: 22 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013340

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20159

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: Frensham

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Frensham

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

Details

The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a ridge in the
Lower Greensand. The barrow mound has dimensions of 20m north-south by 23m
east-west by 1.8m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material
was quarried during the construction of the monument. This is no longer
visible, having become infilled over the years, but survives as a buried
feature c.3m wide.

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.

The bowl barrow on Frensham Common survives comparatively well and contains
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the monument and
the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in An Analysis And List Of Surrey Barrows, , Vol. 42, (1934)

Source: Historic England

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