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Bowl barrow in Windy Dido, 250m west of Horseshoe Meadow Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Amport, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.1845 / 51°11'4"N

Longitude: -1.6457 / 1°38'44"W

OS Eastings: 424861.251613

OS Northings: 142872.306795

OS Grid: SU248428

Mapcode National: GBR 61D.QRJ

Mapcode Global: VHC2W.FHC8

Entry Name: Bowl barrow in Windy Dido, 250m west of Horseshoe Meadow Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013978

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26742

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Amport

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Quarley St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow which lies on gently sloping ground in
Windy Dido on Cholderton Hill. The barrow has a mound 16m in diameter and 0.7m
high, in the centre of which is a shallow irregular depression c.2.5m in
diameter. The mound is surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried
during its construction. Only traces of the ditch can now be seen on the
surface but it survives as a buried feature c.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

The bowl barrow in Windy Dido is a comparatively well preserved example of
its class. Although the ditch can barely be seen as a surface feature, and
some disturbance has been caused to the centre of the mound, the barrow
exhibits a largely original profile and will contain archaeological remains
providing information about Bronze Age burial practices, economy and

Source: Historic England

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