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Bowl barrow 540m north of Otterwood Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Denny Lodge, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.8213 / 50°49'16"N

Longitude: -1.4186 / 1°25'6"W

OS Eastings: 441049.014036

OS Northings: 102573.835408

OS Grid: SU410025

Mapcode National: GBR 77H.G4M

Mapcode Global: FRA 76XX.P57

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 540m north of Otterwood Farm

Scheduled Date: 16 December 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017573

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20334

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Denny Lodge

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Details

This monument includes a bowl barrow situated on lowland heath overlooking the
valley of Stock Water. The barrow mound measures 6.5m in diameter and stands
up to 0.3m high. Although no longer visible at ground level, a ditch, from
which material was quarried during the construction of the monument, surrounds
the barrow mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a
buried feature c.1m wide.

MAP EXTRACT
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
protection.

The bowl barrow 540m north of Otterwood Farm survives comparatively well
adjacent to a waterlogged area, making it likely that environmental evidence
may survive relating to the landscape in which the monument was constructed.
Furthermore, the monument survives within the New Forest, an area known to
have been important in terms of lowland Bronze Age occupation. A considerable
amount of archaeological evidence has survived in this area because of a lack
of agricultural activity, the result of later climatic deterioration,
development of heath and the establishment of a Royal Forest.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1938), 362
Other
Darvill, T C, Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows (1988), 1988,

Source: Historic England

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