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Bowl barrow 640m south west of Coombe Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in West Meon, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.976 / 50°58'33"N

Longitude: -1.0635 / 1°3'48"W

OS Eastings: 465846.213385

OS Northings: 120034.534224

OS Grid: SU658200

Mapcode National: GBR BB0.MYD

Mapcode Global: FRA 86NJ.PHD

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 640m south west of Coombe Cottages

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017891

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31155

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: West Meon

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Hambledon St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth


The monument includes a bowl barrow with an outer bank constructed on the
steep north west-facing flank of a chalk spur which projects to the north from
Teglease Down. The roughly circular barrow includes a squat, flat topped
mound, up to 15m in diameter and 0.75m high, surrounded by a 2m wide ditch
and an outer bank, about 6m wide and 0.5m high. The central mound increases in
height down the slope but the outer bank diminishes significantly. The mound
and outer bank have been reduced and the ditch slightly infilled by ploughing
while the outer bank has been disturbed by a fence and ploughing to the
south east.
The modern fence which crosses the south eastern edge of the monument is
excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath it is included.

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 640m south west of Coombe Cottages survives well despite some
disturbance by ploughing and is likely to retain archaeological remains and
environmental evidence relating to its use as a burial monument and the
landscape in which it was constructed. It is one of the few surviving examples
of a previously large number of round barrows on Teglease Down, emphasising
the importance of the Down as an area of Bronze Age ritual activity.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Schadla-Hall, R T, Winchester District, the Archaeological Potential, (1977), 100

Source: Historic England

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