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Bowl barrow 100m north east of Green Place: one of a dispersed group of barrows on Stockbridge Down

A Scheduled Monument in Stockbridge, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.1108 / 51°6'38"N

Longitude: -1.4691 / 1°28'8"W

OS Eastings: 437261.512138

OS Northings: 134746.251765

OS Grid: SU372347

Mapcode National: GBR 73Y.7DL

Mapcode Global: VHC3C.HB6S

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 100m north east of Green Place: one of a dispersed group of barrows on Stockbridge Down

Scheduled Date: 22 December 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013636

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26728

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Stockbridge

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Stockbridge St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a small bowl barrow, one of a dispersed group of round
barrows situated to the south of Woolbury hillfort on the southern slopes of
Stockbridge Down. The monument lies on level ground approximately 25m north of
the A272 Stockbridge to Winchester road.
The barrow mound is 12m in diameter and a maximum of 0.4m high. Traces of a
ditch from which material to construct the mound was quarried can be seen on
the downslope (southern) side of the mound. For the remainder of the
circumference of the mound the ditch survives as a buried feature
approximately 2m 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

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

Stockbridge Down is one of few surviving areas of undisturbed chalk downland
in Wessex and contains a range of generally well preserved archaeological
features. A survey of the area has confirmed the survival of prehistoric round
barrows, linear earthworks and field systems, all to the south of the Iron Age
hillfort of Woolbury.
The bowl barrow 100m north east of Green Place on Stockbridge Down is a small
but well preserved example of its class. Such small barrows are particularly
vulnerable to mechanical erosion, yet this example appears to exhibit a
largely original profile within which the slight traces of a surrounding ditch
may be recognised. The barrow contains archaeological remains relating to
Bronze Age burial practices, economy and environment.
The monument is situated within an area of unrestricted public access.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Papworth, M, Archaeological Survey, Stockbridge Down and Marsh, Hampshire, (1992), 11
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. Vol 14, (1938), 353

Source: Historic England

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