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Bowl barrow on Hampton Ridge

A Scheduled Monument in Hyde, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.921 / 50°55'15"N

Longitude: -1.7335 / 1°44'0"W

OS Eastings: 418827.440243

OS Northings: 113541.938086

OS Grid: SU188135

Mapcode National: GBR 538.0KG

Mapcode Global: FRA 768N.SKH

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Hampton Ridge

Scheduled Date: 27 October 1970

Last Amended: 17 December 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015985

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12124

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Hyde

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire


The monument includes a small bowl barrow surviving as a low earthwork
and set below the crest of a steep south - facing slope. The barrow
mound has a maximum diameter of 10m and survives to a height of 1m.
The surrounding ditch is visible as a low earthwork to the north, east
and west of the mound, surviving to a width of 1m and a depth of 0.2m.
A hollow in the centre of the barrow mound suggests the site may once
have been partially excavated. Worked flint artefacts are visible on
the surface of the monument.
The mound and ditch have a diameter of 12m.

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

Despite partial excavation of the barrow mound, much of the monument
remains intact and therefore has considerable archaeological potential.

Source: Historic England


Schofield, A J, 17-JAN-1990, (1990)

Source: Historic England

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