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Twin bowl barrow on Furzley Common, 810m SSW of Stagbury Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Bramshaw, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.9362 / 50°56'10"N

Longitude: -1.597 / 1°35'49"W

OS Eastings: 428414.648936

OS Northings: 115275.823765

OS Grid: SU284152

Mapcode National: GBR 64K.C18

Mapcode Global: FRA 76JM.RNG

Entry Name: Twin bowl barrow on Furzley Common, 810m SSW of Stagbury Hill

Scheduled Date: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016492

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31173

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Bramshaw

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Bramshaw St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a twin bowl barrow of Late Neolithic or Bronze Age date,
prominently situated on a high sandy spur at the south end of Furzley Common,
810m SSW of Stagbury Hill. It is oriented east-west along the crest of the
spur and includes two flat topped, circular mounds enclosed within a single,
oval shaped ditch and outer bank. The higher mound, to the east, stands 1.7m
high and measures 10m in diameter. It slightly overlaps the lower mound to the
west which stands 1.2m high and measures 12m in diameter. The ditch and outer
bank are most pronounced at the steeply sloping end of the spur to the east,
where the ditch is 2m wide and 0.4m deep and the bank is 5m wide and stands up
to 1m high. They are least substantial to the south west where the monument
has been partly levelled by later disturbance.

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

Twin bowl barrows, where two mounds are grouped within a single ditch, are
relatively rare and are exclusively confined to Wessex. The twin bowl barrow
on Furzley Common, 810m SSW of Stagbury Hill, survives well despite some
later disturbance and can be expected to retain archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it
was constructed. Its association with additional round barrows on Furzley
Common demonstrates the importance of the area as a site of Late Neolithic or
Bronze Age ritual activity.

Source: Historic England


Crosby, A D, (1998)

Source: Historic England

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