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Bowl barrow 700m south east of Waters Down Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Longstock, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.1362 / 51°8'10"N

Longitude: -1.514 / 1°30'50"W

OS Eastings: 434098.219168

OS Northings: 137552.587358

OS Grid: SU340375

Mapcode National: GBR 73H.N1Q

Mapcode Global: VHC34.PPZT

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 700m south east of Waters Down Farm

Scheduled Date: 20 February 1968

Last Amended: 13 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013982

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26749

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Longstock

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Longstock St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow, part of linear group containing at least
five round barrows which lie on undulating ground to the south of Waters Down
The barrow, which lies on the crest of a steep sided ridge to the east of a
dry valley, has a mound 30m in diameter and 2.5m high. The ditch surrounding
the mound, from which material to construct it was quarried, is not visible on
the surface but will survive as a buried feature c.3m wide.
Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts, although the ground beneath
them is included.

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 700m south east of Waters Down Farm is, despite disturbance by
burrowing animals, a well preserved example of its class. The barrow will
contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age burial
practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England

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