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Bowl barrow on Shere Heath

A Scheduled Monument in Shere, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.2117 / 51°12'42"N

Longitude: -0.4682 / 0°28'5"W

OS Eastings: 507093.998829

OS Northings: 146945.246741

OS Grid: TQ070469

Mapcode National: GBR GF6.VX5

Mapcode Global: VHFVP.TTV0

Entry Name: Bowl barrow on Shere Heath

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017613

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20181

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: Shere

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Shere

Church of England Diocese: Guildford


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the crest of a rise in the
Lower Greensand. It appears as a flat topped mound 18m in diameter and 0.6m
high surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during the
construction of the monument. Despite having become partially infilled over
the years, the ditch can still be seen to the west of the mound as a
depression 3m wide, while the remainder survives 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 on Shere Heath survives comparatively well and contains
archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating both to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
The Hurtwood Control Committee 1991, , About the Hurtwood a walkers guide, (1991), 20
Grinsell, L V, 'Surrey Archaeological Collections' in Surrey Barrows 1934-1987: A Reappraisal, , Vol. 79, (1987), 26

Source: Historic England

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