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Bowl barrow 350m south east of Abra Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Laverstoke, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.2209 / 51°13'15"N

Longitude: -1.2778 / 1°16'40"W

OS Eastings: 450532.036401

OS Northings: 147102.950255

OS Grid: SU505471

Mapcode National: GBR 845.FR1

Mapcode Global: VHD0B.SKVX

Entry Name: Bowl barrow 350m south east of Abra Barrow

Scheduled Date: 25 October 1977

Last Amended: 18 March 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017906

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31169

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Laverstoke

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Overton St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes a bowl barrow situated on the gentle south-facing slope
of a low chalk ridge running in an east-west direction across Southley Farm.
The barrow mound is roughly circular, has a maximum diameter of about 27m and
stands up to 0.7m above the surrounding field. It has been much spread and
reduced by ploughing. Aerial photographs taken in 1991 indicate that it was
previously surrounded by a quarry ditch. This is no longer visible on the
surface, having been infilled over the years, although it 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 south east of Abra Barrow survives comparatively well despite
some later disturbance. It can be expected to retain archaeological remains
and environmental evidence relating to its original construction and use. Its
close association with other round barrows indicates the importance of the
surrounding chalkland as an area of Bronze Age ritual activity.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club' in Hampshire Barrows, , Vol. 14, (1940), 349

Source: Historic England

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