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Bowl barrow immediately north of Bordean House

A Scheduled Monument in Langrish, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.0158 / 51°0'57"N

Longitude: -1.0056 / 1°0'20"W

OS Eastings: 469849.0576

OS Northings: 124522.324

OS Grid: SU698245

Mapcode National: GBR B9P.BKS

Mapcode Global: FRA 86SF.G1J

Entry Name: Bowl barrow immediately north of Bordean House

Scheduled Date: 11 April 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016521

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30264

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Langrish

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Langrish St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated immediately north of Bordean
House at the mouth of a shallow valley. The barrow is slightly ovoid in plan
and has a mound measuring a maximum of 19m east to west and up to 1.2m in
height. A linear depression up to 1.5m in width and 0.3m in depth abutting the
base of the mound on its northern side represents the remains of an external
quarry ditch, the remainder of which has become infilled over the years but
will survive as a buried feature.

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 immediately north of Bordean House survives particularly well
as a substantial earthwork and despite some disturbance from tree roots and
erosion will retain archaeological information relating to its construction
and use. It represents a rare survival in a relatively low-lying location
which has otherwise been subject to intense agricultural usage. In addition
the old land surface sealed beneath the mound is likely to contain
environmental evidence pertaining to the contemporary landscape into which it
was placed. Together with other barrows in the vicinity, the monument
will offer a detailed insight into ritual and burial practices in the area
during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, LV, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Soc' in Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Soc, , Vol. Vol XIV, (1938)
Hampshire County Council, SU 62 SE 11,
RCHME, NMR No. SU 62 SE 5,

Source: Historic England

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